Community mourns man’s tragic death

Stephen Quinn, who died in a road accident in Thailand. INNT 19-608CON
Stephen Quinn, who died in a road accident in Thailand. INNT 19-608CON

THE Ballyclare community is mourning the passing of local man Stephen Quinn, who died in a road accident in Thailand last week.

The 38-year-old, known as ‘Steed’, is thought to have been out riding his motorcycle when the incident occurred.

It’s thought the father-of-one had been living in the Asian country for some time and his parents, Etta and Martin, were out visiting him when tragedy struck.

It’s believed his body is due to be returned to Ballyclare later this week.

Hundreds of messages of condolence were posted on the Ballyclare man’s Facebook page.

One friend, Martin Montgomery, wrote: “My heart goes out to your family and every other person who ever had the pleasure of knowing you.

“You were always smiling and always a good laugh to be around, there was never a dull moment.

“You were one of a kind and you will never be forgotten.”

Allyson Gilbert added: “So sad to hear this terrible news. You were a good friend and we had many, many laughs. You’ll be sadly missed.”

Lorna Whitehouse-Montgomery said: “My thoughts are with the Quinn family at this very sad time.

“Steed, you will always be in our hearts and thoughts, you brought happiness and smiles to everyone who knew you, a true gentleman who’ll be sadly missed by all.”

Local councillor, alderman Paul Girvan offered his sympathies to the family.

“My heart goes out to the family at this very difficult time for them.

“It is so very tragic for them especially given that it happened so very far away from home. That distance will make it all the more harder for them and my thoughts and prayers are with them,” he said.