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'Extraordinary' Pilot Ambrose Blaine dubbed 'one of a kind' by daughters at funeral

He died following a collision while he was biking across the Pan-American Highway on November 15th


Ambrose Blaine

Ambrose Blaine

Ambrose Blaine

The heartbroken daughters of Irish pilot Ambrose Blaine have said that their beloved dad was “one of a kind” and taught them to “live life to the fullest.”

Ambrose Blaine (55), from Killala in Co. Mayo, died following a collision while he was biking across the Pan-American Highway with a group of friends on November 15th.

The married father-of-three, who worked as a pilot and a consultant for Turkish Airlines, was riding a motorcycle during the accident and is believed to have suffered “serious injuries” before passing away.

Mr Blaine’s life and legacy were celebrated during his funeral service this morning at St Muredach’s Cathedral in Ballina.

Mr Blaine’s helmet, passport, flying licence, and an autumn branch were all brought up to the altar to recognise his “lust for life.”

Speaking at the service, two of Mr Blaine’s daughters read out emotional letters to their dad.

“I can’t believe you’ve been taken from us so soon,” his daughter Niamh began.

“You really were one of a kind and I’m not too sure what life will be now.

“I could write pages about all the adventures we had; there really was never a dull moment when you were around.

“I want you to know that I always knew how lucky I was to be your daughter. You were so unique and taught us to live life to the fullest. Nothing was impossible when you were around. You will live on through us all as well as all the memories we’ve made.

“It’s hard to believe we won’t be hearing the unmistakable, ‘How’s my favourite daughter?’ that you said to all three of us every single time you answered the phone. But I know you’ll be with us like you always have been.

“So, this isn’t goodbye, but from all your favourite daughters, we’ll be missing you like always forever.”

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Niamh’s sister also addressed her beloved father and said: “I hope that I can follow in your footsteps and live up to the life you lived. I want you to know how much I appreciate all that you’ve done for me throughout my life.

“You’ve provided me with the best things a daughter could ask for from her father: extraordinary experiences, knowledge, life lessons, strength, unconditional support, endless love, and the ability to do anything that I could ever dream of.

“You’ve shown us through your actions that nothing is impossible. From all of these things, you’ve shown me how to live a really fulfilling, satisfying life and truly that is the greatest gift of all.

The heartbroken girl continued: “I will cherish the memories we had together forever. From our bike trip in Argentina to our road trip in Mexico, our layovers in New York and Montreal, our family holidays, our weekends exploring different parts of Ireland... for these memories I am so grateful.

“Although you had a short life, you lived every day like your last. You went doing your favourite thing in your favourite country.

“The latest lesson you taught me was to let go of the past and live every moment in the present because you never know when your time is up.

“I want you to know that I love you and appreciate you... You’ll never be forgotten Dad because you’ll live on through me and through everybody’s lives you touched.

“I know that you will stay with me and guide me through the rest of my life. You’ve given me the strength and endurance to deal with this, Dad.”

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