Friends pay tribute to fishermen

Published Monday, 07 April 2014
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The friends and family of a missing Portadown fisherman have said they are relieved to have him home and have thanked everyone involved in finding him.

Friends pay tribute to fishermen
A huge search operation took place at Lough Ree for the missing fishermen. (© PA)

Daryl Burke's body was recovered from Lough Ree in Co Westmeath over the weekend nearly three weeks after the boat he was in sank after getting into difficulties.

A second man, David Warnock, also died in the incident. Those close to the pair have paid tribute describing them as true family men who lived for fishing.

Clifford Forbes, who was in the boat in front of them, said: "David and Daryl were - for me personally and on behalf of the guys in the club and their own personal friends - were two characters.

"David was our chairman of the Portadown Pikers Club, Daryl was our events organiser.

"David and Daryl both were extremely strong family men and would have had their kids with them on numerous occasions at events the club would have had.

"I don't think words could describe how much they will be missed, especially by their families."

Mr Burke, a 30-year-old father of three, was one of three fishermen who took to the waters on 20 March - two other men were critically ill when they were rescued from the waters.

Mr Warnock, 27 and from Richhill, died in hospital and John Trimble, 60, is recovering.

Daryl's wife Louise is expecting their fourth child in a number of weeks. She has thanked everyone who helped bring her husband home.

Mr Forbes continued: "Louise has been very strong - for herself, her family and her children.

"She has got up every morning and gone through the same regime and the same hurt and pain every day Darryl hadn't been found. The only tribute, the highest, that I could pay to both of them is the fact that they were true gentlemen. They were very passionate about helping others.

"More importantly was the fact that they as fishermen were the best ambassadors that anyone could wish to have. And I've no doubt that they'll be doing the same up above."

Darryl's funeral is expected to take place on Thursday.

© UTV News
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5 Comments
Diane in Portadown wrote (195 days ago):
At least the family can now lay Daryl to rest. My sympathy goes out to Louise and her wee family along with the extended family. xx
jackie kearns in portadown wrote (195 days ago):
My heart breaks so much for the family's of these lovely guys thoughts and prayers with them all and for the hard times ahead god bless x
Thomas in Warrenpoint wrote (196 days ago):
Sad times but relief for all the families and congratulations to the rescue services in the south that never gave up on recovering the body
scott in Portadown wrote (196 days ago):
Daryl was 1 of the greatest guys I ever had the pleasure of calling my friend. I'm truly at a loss. Miss you loads already mucker!
Barbara Brown in Portadown wrote (196 days ago):
Thoughts and prayers to the families. Its still hard to take in what has happened.
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