‘Everyone loved Thomas, he was that kind of child’

A treasured family photograph of little Thomas 

THE parents of the four-year-old child who died in a tragic accident last Thursday night say they are “heartbroken” at the loss of their “perfect little boy” who was “amazing and beautiful both inside and out”.

David Magee and his wife Jackie (nee McCourt) were speaking to the Fermanagh Herald at the family home at Greenhill Road in Maguiresbridge this week where their precious only son, Thomas, tragically lost his life. Emergency services attended the family farm at around 8.30pm following a report of the incident in which he was struck by a teleporter farm vehicle. The PSNI and the Health and Safety Executive NI are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the fatal incident.
Thomas was laid to rest on Sunday afternoon following his Funeral Service at Maguiresbridge Methodist Church. He was the second born in a family of three children. David, a farmer and Jackie, a teacher at Ballinamallard Primary School, are being comforted by their devoted daughters Emily (8) and Lucianna (2) and the wider family circle. Thomas’ brave big sister Emily penned a poem in his memory which she read out at his funeral, telling of her “extraordinary and special memories” of her little brother. 
Jackie says the family are incredibly grateful for all the help and support they have received from the local community over recent days since the loss of their beloved Thomas.
“Thomas was the kind of wee boy that everyone he met just loved him instantly. He lit up every room that he went into and was just such a character,” she said.
David says Thomas spent many hours with him on the family farm: “Farming was in his blood. If he wasn’t farming outside then you’d find him farming inside.”
Little Thomas was a squirrel with The Colebrooke and Cooneen Scout Group which he attended every Tuesday night. He was also a P1 pupil at Maguiresbridge Primary School and recently wrote a poem about his dad for the Fermanagh County Show, which Jackie says will be a great comfort to them in the future. 
In a few weeks time, the family will face the ordeal of marking what would have been Thomas’ fifth birthday on May 13th.


Read the full interview in this week’s Fermanagh Herald


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