Tributes paid to Tyrone supermarket employee

Tributes paid to Tyrone supermarket employee

Tributes have been paid to supermarket employee Michael Morgan who died suddenly after becoming unwell while at work at Newell Stores in Coalisland on Monday morning.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said that they received a 999 call at 8.35am on Monday morning.

Two emergency crews were dispatched to the incident and, following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one patient was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital.

The supermarket at the Lineside in the town was closed on Monday morning in response to the incident.

Newell Stores announced on its Facebook page that the Coalisland store will not reopen until 12 noon on Wednesday 6th July to allow staff to attend the funeral of their beloved colleague Michael.

Friends, customers and colleagues paid tribute to Michael on the social media page, describing the Tyrone man as a lovely young man who was always smiling.

Former colleague Damian Galvin posted: “Michael was a lovely lad and I have nothing but fond memories of him from my time in Newell Stores. My condolences to his family and friends at this sad time and to all his colleagues in Newell Stores. He will be sorely missed, may he rest in peace.”

Coalisland filling station and local restaurant Millcourt also paid tribute online.

A spokesperson for Millcourt said: “He will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him.”

Local GAA club Edendork GAC said they were “shocked and saddened” to hear of Michael’s death.

“Edendork GAC is shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of young Michael Morgan who died suddenly this morning,” the club said.

“Michael was the much-loved son of late Yvonne Fox, Patrick Morgan, brother of Liam, Cathy, Fionnula, Shannon, Martin and Ciara and Grandson of Brian and Margaret Fox (Creenagh).”

Elected representatives also paid tribute to Michael.

Independent councillor for the area, Dan Kerr, said it is a “very sad occasion” for the community of Coalisland and for all who knew him.

“It’s very sad he lost his life at such a young age,” he said.

“The community of Coalisland and friends and staff who worked with Michael all thought the world of him and it’s a very sad occasion for all involved.”