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Sadness at death of 'easy-going' Walter (52)

Popular father died following traffic accident

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The late Walter Armstrong

The late Walter Armstrong

Emergency services at the scene of Saturday’s accident in Rathdrum

Emergency services at the scene of Saturday’s accident in Rathdrum

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The late Walter Armstrong

The man who died following a three-car accident at the weekend has been described as popular, hard-working and easy-going.

It is believed Walter Armstrong (52) may have suffered a heart attack as he was driving a van along lower Main Street in Rathdrum at around 1 p.m. on Saturday. The collision involved the van and two other cars.

Paramedics worked to try and revive Mr Armstrong at the scene but he sadly passed away and his remains were removed to a mortuary in Loughlinstown.

A woman aged in her 80s who was driving one of the other cars was taken to hospital for treatment for non life threatening injuries.

An examination of the scene has been carried out by Garda forensic collision investigators before the road has re-opened.

Mr Armstrong lived in Roundwood and was a previous resident of Ashford. He also lived over in England for a period of time. He recently carried out sub-contract work for Wicklow County Council.

Cllr John Snell, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow Municipal District, passed on his sympathies to Mr Armstrong's family members and friends.

'Everyone got a great shock when they heard the news. Walter was a quiet and easy-going person.

'He was extremely hard-working and he was very popular within the community. It was shocking news to get and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,' said Cllr Snell.

Mr Armstrong is survived by his son Jack, daughter Laura and their mother Ann, brothers Reg and Wesley, sisters Phyllis and Dianna, partner Juddy, grandchildren Harriet and George, son in law Scott, brothers and sisters in law, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.

His funeral arrangements had yet to be confirmed at the time of going to press.

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