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Clabby accident victim to be laid to rest

The junction at the B107 Tempo to Clabby Road looking towards the turn onto Drumcor Road where the accident took place    RMG95

The junction at the B107 Tempo to Clabby Road looking towards the turn onto Drumcor Road where the accident took place RMG95

The funeral takes place this afternoon of the 89-year-old man who died following a weekend road accident in Fermanagh, just hours after he was released from hospital.

The single vehicle collision occured on the Drumcor Road in Clabby on Sunday night. The elderly man who died was David Hull from Killicomaine Drive in Portadown. 

Mr Hull was a passenger in a Vauxhall car being driven by his wife Ethel. The car left the road and collided with a tree shortly before 7.15pm. The husband and wife were taken to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen for treatment but both were discharged later that night. Mr Hull subsequently died suddenly in the early hours of Monday morning at his brother-in-law’s home in Brookeborough. 
A spokesman for the Western Health and Social Care Trust said: “Respecting confidentiality the Western Trust does not comment on the individual treatment and care of its patients or clients.”
The couple had been returning home after attending the Annual Friends Service in Clabby Parish Church on Sunday afternoon when the accident occured. 
The Revd Canon Maurice Armstrong, Church of Ireland Rector of Tempo and Clabby, was a close friend of the Hull family.  
“It was an awfully sad end to the day. David and Ethel had been coming to the annual service in Clabby for the past 15 years and then they came to us for a meal in our home. They were my next door neighbours in Portadown for three years where I was a curate.”
Ethel is orginally from Brookeborough and she and David would have visited there every weekend to stay with her brother. 
They had just left our house to go back home so it was a big shock when we learned of the accident a short time later,” he told the Herald.    
Mr Hull served the Methodist Home Mission for 13 years during the 1950s and 1960s distributing Christian literature, touring all over Ireland, mainly on a motorcycle, and was a Methodist local preacher in the Portadown and other Circuits.
Canon Armstrong described Mr Hull as “a genuine, kindly man who very much lived out his Christian faith in a very practical way”, adding that he would be remembered as “a caring friend and neighbour”.    
Independent Cllr Raymond Farrell said the death of Mr Hull was “truly devastating, particularly for his family and all who knew him”.
“I had shared a cup of tea with him prior to leaving the event in Clabby. It makes it very hard and reminds us of the brevity of life that only a day later we hear of such awful news. I know that the prayers of God’s people will be with the family at this sad time,” he added.  
Mr Hull is survived by his wife Ethel, sons Jonathan and Stephen, daugthers-in-law Suzanne and Anna and grandchildren Amy, Christopher, Laura, Jacob, Ella and the late Andrew.
His funeral will take place at Edenderry Memorial Methodist Church at 2pm today. 
Meanwhile police have renewed their appeal to anyone who was travelling on the Drumcor Road around the time of the collision on Sunday evening to contact officers in Enniskillen on 101.


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