Fivemiletown mourns tragic death of bride-to-be

Lyndsey Coulter

The late Lindsey Coulter


A 27-year-old woman was laid to rest in her wedding dress yesterday (Tuesday), six months before she was due to walk down the aisle. 
The funeral of Lindsey Sharon Coulter was held yesterday afternoon in St John’s Church in Fivemiletown, the same church where she was planning to get married in October. 
Described as “bright and bubbly”, she collapsed on a treadmill at the Colebrooke Fitness gym near Brookeborough on Friday afternoon. Frantic efforts were made to save her life at the scene but she tragically died. She had planned to celebrate her fiancé’s 30th birthday at a party on Saturday night that she had helped to organise for him.  
In a statement, the gym owners said: “It is with deep sadness that one of our members Lindsey Coulter has passed away suddenly. Everyone at Colebrooke Fitness would like to offer their deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Lindsey was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed.”
Late of Murley Road in Fivemiletown, she is survived by her parents Maurice and Heather, sister Alison and fiancé Brian.
A past pupil of Fivemiletown College, she studied nursing at the University of Dundee and worked as a community nurse for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. 
Acting principal of Fivemiletown College, Janice Allen paid tribute to Lindsey this week. 
“She will be fondly remembered by everyone in the school community for her warm, caring nature and her ready smile.
“We are deeply saddened by her sudden passing and extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to her parents, sister Alison, fiancé Brian, and wider family circle,” Ms Allen added. 
Local Ulster Unionist Councillor Victor Warrington has known the Coulter family for many years. He said the community in the Brookeborough and Fivemiletown area had been left numb by Lindsey’s sudden death. 
“This is a terrible tragedy and everyone, particularly young people are stunned. It’s devastating news for the Coulters and Ellisons, two well-known and respected families in this area. 
“Lindsey was always very bubbly and friendly. She is being remembered this week as someone who was always happy and laughing. It’s terribly sad to see another young life being cut short particularly when she had a whole bright future ahead of her with Brian.
“The thoughts and prayers of the entire community will be with the family and friends of Lindsey at this difficult time,” he said.
Cllr Warrington added that tragedies of this kind highlighted the importance of extending the availability of defibrillators across the Fermanagh and Omagh council district. 
“This is an issue that has been raised a lot at council level recently as there have been a number of similar tragedies across the country. The council is working on installing these machines at a number of its premises. Sadly the events of Friday in Fivemiletown highlight the urgent need for them to be made more widely available when it comes to saving lives,” he added.  

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