Monday 23 September 2019

'To have a whole family wiped out is unbelievable' - Man dies weeks after losing his wife, daughter and grandson in road crash

Mary Ann Wilson and her daughter Marcella Wilson who were killed in a crash along with Marcella’s son Seán (right)
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

A heartbroken man has died just weeks after his wife, daughter and grandson were killed in a devastating car road accident.

Joseph Wilson - who was better known as Josie - died suddenly at his home in Cross in Belmullet, Co Mayo on Wednesday, exactly one month after he lost his wife Mary-Ann, daughter Marcella and grandson Seán (7) in the devastating road accident.

The three generations were travelling on the N17 near Claremorris at around 1pm on September 11 when their Citreon car collided with a truck that was coming in the opposite direction.

Marcella (40s) was driving her mother Mary Ann (70s) to a hospital appointment in Galway and it's understood they were only travelling by car as they had missed their bus.

A close family friend said that the tight-knit community has been devastated by the tragedy.

The friend, who did not want to be named, told "Josie was a lovely, decent, hardworking family man.

"He was absolutely distraught after what had happened to Mary-Ann, Marcella and Seán.

"Nobody can believe what has happened, to have a whole family wiped out in just a few weeks is unbelievable, they will be sadly missed."

The family friend said that this is the latest tragedy to hit the rural area in just a year, Belmullet woman Majella Donoghue (30) died suddenly on her way back from a dream holiday in South Africa, where she had gotten engaged.

Coast Guard crew Rescue 116 - Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, Ciaran Smith and Paul Ormsby - were killed in March when their helicopter crashed near Blackrock Island in March.

The friend said: "This area has had an awful turn of events lately, it just seems to be one thing after another."

A death notice for Mr Wilson said: "Pre-deceased by his late wife Mary-Ann (nee McGuinness), daughter Marcella and grandson Seán who died recently in a road traffic accident.

"He will be sadly missed by his heartbroken family, sons Michael, Noel, John and daughter Annette, grandchildren, great-grandchild, daughters in law, son in law, brothers, sisters, his extended family, relatives and many friends.

"May his gentle soul rest in peace."

Joseph's funeral mass will take place this afternoon at St Joseph's Church in Binghamstown, with burial after in Cross Cemetery.

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