‘Hardworking father’ laid to rest in Pomeroy

Paul Colhoun with his wife Marie and two of their children
Paul Colhoun with his wife Marie and two of their children

Family and friends of Paul Colhoun who died last week following an accident at his work have described him as ‘a hardworking man’ and ‘a true gentleman’.

The 48-year-old died on Tuesday (18th February) after an accident at Eglish based concrete firm Barrats, where he worked as foreman.

Orginally from Ballygawley, Mr Colhoun lived in Pomeroy for many years with his wife Marie and young children.

Funeral mass for Mr Colhoun took place on Friday (21st February) at the Church of the Assumption in Pomeroy.

Tributes have been pouring into social networking site Facebook, with many of Paul’s friend’s and family describing him as ‘a true gent’ and a ‘pleasure to know’.

Mr Colhoun’s nephew, Christopher Colhoun posted on Facebook: “Uncle Paul Colhoun aka Godfather, was probably one of the funniest men you would ever be fortunate to meet. Always smiling and up for the craic...totally devastated! The heart and soul of the PARTY, family man, who loved his wife and kids so much (always cracking jokes even for pictures).”

Mr Colhoun’s older brother Gabriel also described him as a ‘dedicated family man’.

Paying tribute to his brother on behalf of the family he said: “He was a character, he would never have said a bad word about anybody and was always ready to help.

“He used to play for Ballygawley and for Pomeroy on the forward line and he was very good. He was a character on and off the pitch, full of fun and craic. He was a Tyrone supporter and enjoyed watching matches on TV.”

Sinn Fein Councillor for Pomeroy Cathal Mallaghan told the TIMES, the community are in shock following Mr Colhoun’s sudden passing,

He said: “The whole community is totally shocked by Paul’s passing. There will be a big gap in the lives of the Coulhoun family. He was very well liked and respected member of the Pomeroy and Ballygawley community. It’s such a terrible tragedy.”

Mr Colhoun was the second youngest of a family of 12. He is survived by his wife Marie, their children Niall (14) and Shonagh (8) and his other children Sara (23) and Natasha (22).