Community mourns much loved Coalisland motorcyclist

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A MOTORCYCLIST who died following a road accident last weekend has been described by a close friend as ‘the nicest, most genuine, funny lad you could meet.’

Colm Canavan, 26, from Mountjoy just outside Coalisland, passed away on Sunday following a three-vehicle road accident on Saturday on Annagher Road, Coalisland.

Colm was driving a motorcycle when he was involved in an accident with two other cars. He was the much loved son of Paul and Geraldine, dear brother of John, Bronagh and Eamonn and beloved boyfriend of Marie Donnelly.

A close friend of Colum’s (Colly) and SDLP representative Malachy Quinn told the MAIL that Colum was ‘a fantastic fella.’

He said: “Colly was one of the nicest, genuine and funny lads that would could have had the pleasure to meet. He was the type of person that brightened up any room that he walked into and he had everyone laughing within two minutes of doing so.”

Malachy paid tribute to Colum’s great sense of humour saying: “Colly was always smiling and laughing and if he wasnt it usually meant he was planning to do something funny and you had to watch out.

“I have known Colum for years and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and his girlfriend Marie at this heart-breaking time.

“He brightened up any room he walked into and never failed to have all of us laughing when in his company. He was a great friend to many and his loss will be felt and mourned by many people in the parish and beyond.

“I know the entire community will want to express their sadness over the coming days and I wish to offer my personal sympathies on this very sad day.”

Malachy also talked about Colum’s passion for cars and motorbikes and he was part of the Mid Ulster Motorcycle Club. He added: “He had a passion for cars and motorbikes which he was mad over. He was very close to his family and he was inseparable from his girlfriend Marie.”

Colum’s funeral mass is due to take place tomorrow (Wednesday) in St Brigid’s Church, Brocagh at 11am with burial afterwards in adjoining cemetary.