Tributes to victim of fatal accident in New York

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

The late Trevor Loftus, from Pallaskenry, who was tragically killed in a construction incident in New York
The family of Trevor Loftus, the Limerickman who died in a workplace accident in New York, are preparing for his funeral service, which will take place on Friday.

The family of Trevor Loftus, the Limerickman who died in a workplace accident in New York, are preparing for his funeral service, which will take place on Friday.

The remains of the 40-year-old father of two were brought home to Croagh this week following a memorial service for his friends and colleagues in Yonkers, New York where he had lived.

In the days following his death, many tributes have been paid to Mr Loftus, who ran a successful construction firm in New York.

Neighbour and local councillor Tom Neville said the community in Kilfinny and Croagh was “deeply shocked and saddened” by his tragic death.

“I was lucky to know Trevor who was a neighbour. He had become a pivotal part of the community. My sincerest sympathies are with his wife Fiona, daughters, family and friends,” said Cllr Neville.

His former teacher, now principal of the Salesian College in Pallaskenry, Paddy O’Neill described Trevor as a “very nice lad”.

“He was very successful in New York. He established his own construction company and he would have employed a lot of people from the locality,”

“The whole area of Pallaskenry is totally devastated by what happened,” Mr O’Neill added.

The son of Kathleen and the late Liam, Mr Loftus was the eldest of four boys, originally from Pallaskenry. He attended the Salesian College in Pallaskenry, where he completed his education in 1992. He subsequently went to New York where he established his own building firm, Kenry Contracting.

Last year, he bought Neville’s Cross Inn in Kilfinny and was in the process of refurbishing it, with the aim of returning to the area to run it as a family business.

He had also built a new house in Kilfinny and in recent months had travelled home on an almost fortnightly basis to oversee the work on the pub and spend time with his wife Fiona and two young daughters.

The past few months had been particularly exciting as the family was preparing for his daughter’s First Communion which is due to take place later this month.

His most recent trip home was just days before the tragic accident that claimed his life.

It is understood he had returned to New York last Thursday. The following day, he overseeing work at a site in Midtown in Manhattan when part of a miniature crane, called a knuckle boom, fell on him after a mechanical component apparently failed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Loftus is survived by his wife Fiona, daughters Zoe and Lauren, mother Kathleen, brothers Jonathan, Darren and Liam Robert and extended family and friends.

His remains will be reposing at his home, Kenry House, Milltown, Croagh this Thursday evening from 5pm to 8pm with the funeral mass taking place at 11 am on Friday at the Holy Trinity Church, Adare, followed by burial in the adjoining graveyard. The family has asked that the house remain private on Friday morning.