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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Tributes as funeral car crash victim 'Buddy' (78) dies

Fatal accident scene
Fatal accident scene

Tributes have been paid to a devoted father and grandfather who has died a month after a car crash at a funeral.

Christopher 'Buddy' Phillips (78) died in Dublin's Tallaght Hospital.

Mr Phillips, from Walkins-town, but originally from Tallaght, was severely injured in the accident in the grounds of the Immaculate Conception Church, Clondalkin.

He had been due to attend a funeral on June 25, when he was injured, along with several other mourners.

A Toyota car struck mourners waiting to attend the Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Clondalkin.

A garda investigation was continuing last night and off-icers said they were continuing an appeal for witnesses.

Mr Phillips' family posted a death notice that said he had passed away while "peacefully surrounded by his loving family in the kind care of the staff of Tallaght Hospital".

Prayed

The grandfather-of-nine leaves behind his wife, Jennie, and the couple's grown-up children, Patrick, Richard, Anna and Edward.

The death notice described him as a "devoted dad" and said he would be "sadly missed by his wife".

Fr Tom Clowe, from St Agnes Church, Crumlin, where Mr Phillips' funeral will be held, said: "Parishioners had prayed for Mr Phillips every day.

"The Phillips family are very much in all our prayers and we are very sorry to learn of this sad loss.

"This is such a terrible and tragic situation and the parish are very upset.

"Everyone prayed hard for his recovery, so people are understandably shocked at this loss.

"Mr Phillips' wife, all of his family and all his friends are in our thoughts and my heart goes out to them, it's just a dreadful loss.

"Sadly, this is one of the most tragic losses I can remember. He was a helpful, good man and he'd looked after his wife, I believe."

Mr Phillips' funeral will take place at St Agnes' Church, Crumlin village, on Saturday at 10am before a service at Newlands Cross Crematorium.

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