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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Couple's dream move to Wexford shattered as Mike passes away

Pictured top right: The late Mike Best and his wife Joyce.
Pictured top right: The late Mike Best and his wife Joyce.

By David Looby

THE WIFE of a man who died having suddenly taken ill on Duncannon Beach on the Sunday of the St Patrick's Day Bank Holiday weekend, has spoken of her appreciation of the marvellous support she received that day.

Mike Best, 65, had only moved to the area three weeks previously. He was out walking with Joyce and their dog on the beach when he collapsed.

A defibrillator was sourced locally but it did not work and Joyce performed CPR on her husband for 20 minutes until the Rescue 117 helicopter arrived, taking Mr and Mrs Best away to University Hospital Waterford where he passed away later that day.

Mike and Joyce Best bought a property in the Campile area, moving from France where they lived for 12 years. They had only moved in and were getting settled in the area.

From Bolton originally, they loved the region and Mrs Best says she will continue living here as it was the couple's dream. 'It was our dream to settle here and I'm going to carry it on,' Mrs Best said.

'We have some connection to Ireland and we just fell in love with the place.'

The retired couple enjoyed the little time they had together in South West Wexford.

She said her late husband was a very active man who taught disabled children how to swim in France.

In his youth he was an excellent water polo player and members of his old team came to pay their final respects to him at the service on Friday. Mrs Best said a large crowd attended her late husband's funeral obsequies.

'He was such a wonderful person. He would do a good turn for someone before he would do a bad turn.'

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