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Co Tyrone man who died following farm fall was 'quiet gentleman'

Anthony O'Neill (75), from Rouskey, between Gortin and Greencastle in Co Tyrone, died on Sunday following a fall at his farm
Marie Louise McConville

The family of a Co Tyrone man who died following a tragic fall at his family farm have told of how they been left devastated by the sudden loss of the "quiet gentleman".

Anthony O'Neill, who was 75, fell from a ladder at the silage pit on his farm on the Crockanboy Road in Rouskey, between Gortin and Greencastle, on Sunday evening.

The father-of-six, who had strong connections with Gortin GAA, was found by his grandson.

The Air Ambulance was despatched to the scene however, despite the efforts of the medical team, Mr O'Neill could not be saved.

Siobhan O'Neill said her father-in-law's sudden death had left the family in "complete shock".

"It is just devastating," she told The Irish News.

"It was awful because my son that found him would have been the closest to him. Everything happened that quickly. He had fallen off a ladder at the silage pit. Jess (the family dog) was sitting beside him.

"The loss is just something we will never get over."

Mrs O'Neill said her father-in-law, who had been married to "the love of his life" Emily for more than 50 years, would be remembered as a "very kind man".

"He was a man of few words," she said.

"He was very quiet but he missed nothing. He was very into the family and wanting to know what everyone was at.

"He never was cross. You'd have never seen him in bad form. He was just a quiet gentleman.

"He was a very kind man. The grandchildren loved him. They thought there was nobody like Anthony.

"It is going to be hard to look out now and not see him."

She added: "We would like to thank the Air Ambulance for all they did to try to help Anthony and also to our neighbours and the community for all their support."

Posting on Facebook, Gortin St Patrick's GAA club said it was "shocked and deeply saddened" to hear of the passing of Mr O'Neill, who was "a long standing club trustee, former committee member and club stalwart, synonymous with football in Gortin."

Requiem Mass for Mr O'Neill will take place today.

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