Funeral held for US crash victim

Published Thursday, 20 February 2014
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Family and friends of a Northern Ireland man killed after being hit by a car in America, gathered to pay their last respects at his funeral.

Funeral held for US crash victim
Mourners pay their last respects to Paul Lambert. (© Pacemaker)

Paul Lambert died after being knocked down by a vehicle in San Francisco last week.

The 35-year-old had been working as a voluntary worker with people from deprived areas in the city.

In Newry, hundreds of mourners gathered outside his the family home in Courtney Hill before the funeral service at the Church of St Mary of the Assumption.

Paying tribute, Mr Lambert's friend Sarah Henry read messages from people who knew and loved him.

She described Mr Lambert's "passion and zest for life which was felt through his love of languages" particularly Spanish.

She added: "Combining his love of languages with a career committed to helping people around the world he was in his element in San Francisco.

"He set out to achieve his goals and did, while doing it he wined and dined with all sorts of people and made many great friends along the way.

"Paul was a jet-setter, a globe-trotter and a go-getter, but he was also a home bird."

Ms Henry also spoke of her friend's strong bond with his only sister Claire.

After the funeral mourners travelled the short distance to St Mary's cemetery in the city for burial.

Paul was a cousin of Newry man Kevin Bell, who also died in tragic circumstances in the States last year.

Following Kevin's death, his family set up a repatriation fund to help families bring home those loved ones killed in foreign lands.

In a cruel twist of fate, the fund was used to help bring Mr Lambert home.

© UTV News
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