Tributes paid to Strokestown man killed by falling tree

Warm tributes have been paid to father-of-two, David Duke, from Corkeenagh, Strokestown, who was tragically killed when a tree fell on him on Wednesday, January 27th last.

Mr. Duke, who was in his late 40s, had worked at The Abbey Hotel for fifteen years. Proprietor Tom Grealy described him as “well known and well liked” among staff members and guests.

“We are completely shocked and taken aback following David’s sudden passing last Wednesday. Our sympathies are with David’s family, and in particular his wife Edel and their two sons.

“David worked in maintenance and gardening for fifteen years and he was a hard-working and unassuming guy. He was part of the furniture here at The Abbey and was well liked by other staff members and guests alike.

“It was hard not being able to attend his funeral last Sunday in order to pay our respects. The thoughts of everyone here at the Abbey are with David’s family at this very difficult time,” Mr. Grealy said.

David Duke’s funeral service took place last Sunday at Lakelands Crematorium in Cavan. He will be sadly missed by his wife Edel, children Evan and Samuel, siblings Clement and Fiona, niece Lauryn, sisters-in-law, mother-in-law, uncles, aunts, relatives and many friends.

Following the tragic accident on Wednesday, January 27th, the Health and Safety Authority (HAS) was made aware of his death and has since launched an investigation.