Tragic death of Bernard in forklift accident

ANNE MARIE O'CONNOR AND BRENDAN FURLONG

TRAGEDY HAS shocked the family and neighbours of 66-year-old Wexford man Bernard Wilson who died in an accident at the workshop beside his Drinagh home on Monday evening.

An industrial welder, Bernard was killed at approximately 9.35 p.m., when he was trapped under a forklift.

The shocking accident was discovered by his wife Peggy, who immediately raised the alarm.

Investigations are being carried out by both the Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority. A family man, Bernard has three sons Paul, Barry and Ruairi, who returned home from Australia where he is currently living on Tuesday.

In the business world, Bernard was looked upon as a top welder and gifted tradesman who carried out work throughout the country – most notably on fishing vessels operating out of Kilmore Quay and Rosslare.

He studied his craft in Leeds before coming to work in Springs, the company where his father Benny was employed as a lorry driver. When Springs closed Bernard worked briefly teaching engineering in the Vocational College before he started up his own plant hire business before starting light engineering himself.

His son Paul played both hurling and football with St Martin's, St Peter's College and also minor hurling and football with Wexford. Bernard's wife Peggy is a sister of Denis Asple, well known accountant and owner of Barkers of Wexford.

Bernard was a very quiet, reserved man who lived for his family and his business. One of his greatest passions in life was vintage tractors and trucks and would often head off around the country to indulge his pastime.

A very genuine, likeable man, he had some very close friends whom he regarded highly.

He is survived by his wife Peggy, sons Paul, Barry and Ruairi, grandson Fionn, sisters Audrey, Jacinta and Rosaleen, Paul's partner Natalie, relatives, and many friends.

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