LAID TO REST TODAY

LOVING DAD...Alan Devenney with wife Gaile and children Rachel and Andrew. Cr30-261mj
LOVING DAD...Alan Devenney with wife Gaile and children Rachel and Andrew. Cr30-261mj

THE funeral will take place today (Tuesday) of the Coleraine man who was killed in an industrial accident on Friday.

Father-of-two 39-year-old Alan Devenney, of Greenhall Manor in the town, was killed after being trapped behind a lorry shortly before midday on Friday at the Coleraine Borough Council-owned recycling and dump site at Loughanhill Industrial Estate.

He and his wife Gayle and children Andrew and Rachel were due to fly to Spain on holiday on Sunday.

His funeral will take place at Hazelbank Presbyterian Church on Tuesday at 2pm followed by interment in Coleraine Cemetery.

Mr Devenney was well known around Coleraine and was in his second year as worshipful master of LOL No 256 Blaugh Sons of Ulster.

Two fire crews were called to the scene at Gateside Road on Friday afternoon. The Health and Safety Executive has taken over the investigation and the site was closed as a mark of respect.

A family relative said: “He was a pleasure to know, his smile made you feel the sun was always shining. He was always such a great help each time I went to the skips.

“Such a genuine person and I for one will miss him terribly when I go down again. The place will feel empty without his welcoming smile. May God be with his wee family at this traumatic time as they all grieve the loss of such a man as this in their lives.”

Tributes to Mr Devenney were lead by the Mayor of Coleraine, Alderman Maurice Bradley, who said: “Council’s heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.”

DUP MLA for East Londonderry, Adrian McQuillan, who knew Mr Devenney personally, said that he was a kind spirited gentleman who would be missed by the local community.

He has called for a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to his untimely death.

Mr McQuillan said: “I am deeply saddened and indeed shocked to hear of the death of this council worker who I knew personally. He was involved in the loyal orders and was recently very proud to walk on the Twelfth day as Worshipful Master of his Lodge based in Coleraine.

“He was a kind spirited and decent individual who will be missed by the local community and council.

“I call for a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to his death. No man should die in this way and my deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and work colleagues.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire community are with his family circle at this very difficult time. We must remember that he was only 39 years of age. He was too young to die no matter what the circumstance”, the DUP MLA said. SDLP councillor Roisin Loftus said: “The death of our employee has caused a great deal of distress. I offer my deepest sympathy to his wife and family and to his colleagues who worked alongside him on the Council team.

“The Council workforce is a closely-knit body of people who look out for each other and I know this news has devastated them. While I do not know the details I also offer my sympathy to any other member of the workforce who may be involved in this dreadful accident.

“The Council has a very good record on safety in the workplace and I know that every effort will be made to establish what led to this unfortunate loss of life. The Health and Safety Agency, as an independent body, is already on site to begin a detailed inquiry into what went wrong and why.”

Mr Devenney is survived by his wife Gayle and children Andrew and Rachel and his parents Noel and Iris.

The man, understood to be a local, was trapped behind a lorry at the council recycling plant at the Loughanhill industrial estate in the Gateside Road area of the town at around 12pm on Friday.