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'community man' Tributes paid to 'fantastic' dad who died in workplace accident ahead of funeral today

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Philip Reck

Philip Reck

Philip Reck

The funeral of a “fantastic family man” who died in a workplace accident in Wexford earlier this week is taking place today. 

Philip Reck (41) who died in a freak accident on Monday at the Cooney Furlong plant grain stores in Dranagh, Caim, near Enniscorthy, where he worked for 18 years, will be laid to rest after mass in Courtnacuddy.

Philip, of Courtnacuddy, Enniscorthy, is described in his death notice as the “beloved partner of Martina, loving father of Aideen and Eve, dearly loved son of Anne and the late Peter and much loved brother of Eamonn and Michael”.

“Sadly missed by his heartbroken family, relatives, neighbours and friends.

"May He Rest in Peace,” it adds.

Under the notice, family and friends left messages for the family, including, “Sincere Sympathy to Anne, Martina, Aideen, Eve, Michael and Eamonn and all the Reck family.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.”

Another adds: “Sincere sympathy to the Reck family on Philip's passing. Philip had an admirable knowledge and interest in farming and was always most helpful to others.

"He will be greatly missed. May Philip rest in peace."

Gardaí and Health and Safety Authority personnel attended the scene late on Monday morning and two investigations are under way into the accident.

A local resident said: “We are all in pure shock. It's a double tragedy in a way because you also have the man who was involved in it.”

Describing Philip as a family-oriented man who lived for his partner and children, the man said he will be dearly missed.

“He was a good community man and the kids would be involved in the community. Reck's Cross as you turn into the village is named after his family. It's just a complete shock to everyone.

"You feel for both families.

“It's a tight knit workplace - most of the staff have worked together for a long time and pretty much grew up with one another.

"They're more family than colleagues. Not a stone is out of place there and health and safety is key.”

He said Mr Reck's eldest daughter was only after returning to school. “It just doesn't bear thinking about it - what is going through their minds. We will do our best to do what we can. It's such a difficult time to try and do anything. We can't do what's bred into us to do for them.”

A spokesperson for Cooney Furlong said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our esteemed colleague.

"He was a committed and valued member of the team who worked with us for 18 years. We would like to offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at this time.”

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