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Popular granddad tragically killed in Co Westmeath car crash was 'gentleman to his fingertips'

'Paddy was a very decent, sincere man who lived in our community for years'

Paddy Kelly RIP

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

A popular granddad who was tragically killed in a car crash on Monday evening has been remembered as a “gentleman to his fingertips”.

Tributes have been flooding in for Paddy Kelly, who was aged in his 70s, after he died in the tragedy involving a lorry and a car in Co Westmeath.

Paddy was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the N4 near Ballinalack at around 5pm.

Paddy, who was originally from Donegal but lived in Foxford, Co Mayo, was reportedly travelling to Dublin with his wife Margaret to visit their daughter and grandchildren.

Margaret, who is also in her 70s, was taken by air ambulance to Tallaght Hospital where she was treated for serious injuries.

The driver of the lorry involved in the crash, a man aged in his 40s, was taken to Mullingar Hospital but his injuries were not life threatening.

Foxford-based Councillor Neil Cruise told Midwest Radio: "It is devastating news.

"The whole place is shrouded in sadness since news filtered through on Monday evening of the sudden death of Paddy Kelly in a car accident.

"His wife Margaret was badly injured in that and we wish Margaret the very best for her recovery.

"Paddy was a very decent, sincere man who lived in our community for years... Paddy worked for many years in the area.

"He was a very decent, sincere, honest gentleman. You never heard Paddy's voice raised, he just went about his work in a very diligent manner.

"He cared for his wife and family, they were all very close. They had one daughter, Elaine, who's married in Dublin to Lorcan and [they have] three kids and I believe that Paddy and Margaret where going up to see [them] on Monday when this sad accident befell them."

His death notice on reads: "The death has occurred of Paddy Kelly (Pauric) of Belass, Foxford, Co. Mayo and formerly of Ballyconnelly, Newmills, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

"Paddy is greatly missed by his loving and devastated wife of almost 50 years, Margaret (neé Murray), his heartbroken daughter Elaine, her husband Lorcan, his adoring grandchildren, Iarla, Joni and Shay who were the light of their Gaga's life, his brother Gerard (Scotland), sister Noreen (Letterkenny), brothers and sister law and his nieces, nephews, cousins and friends."

In the condolence section, one person has said they were “so sorry to hear of Paddy's sudden and untimely death”.

“Deepest condolences to you both, to Lorcan, grandchildren, Larry and Bridget. Also to Gerry, Noreen and extended Kelly and Murray families,” the message adds.

“Paddy was a gentleman to his fingertips and our ‘go-to’ man for anything electrical. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers - hoping that all the good memories will console and sustain you during these difficult days.”

Another adds: “Margaret ... my heart goes out to you. Thinking of you, your beloved daughter, Larry, and extended family.”

Another persona said they were “sending our condolences to Margaret, Elaine, Lorchan and Family, also Noreen, Gérard and all the family circle on the very sad passing of Pauric.

“May he Rest in Peace, keeping you all in our thoughts in prayers."

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