‘Hero’ accolade for fallen racer
TRIBUTES have flown in from around the globe following the death of Castlecaulfield road racer Trevor Ferguson.
Social media site Twitter picked up the outpouring of grief from around the road racing fraternity with people as far away as Hungary and The Netherlands tweeting messages of support and sorrow.
Charlie Lambert, a sports journalist, captured the feeling when he wrote, “All other sports stories today are sadly overshadowed by death of Trevor Ferguson at #Manxgp. A good day turned upside down in an instant.”
Riders Conor Cummins, Paul Phillips and Glenn Irwin all tweeted their sorrow at the death of one of their fellow racers and added that Trevor’s family would be in their thoughts and prayers after the terrible news.
Down man Paul Lindsay wrote: “Heart wrenching news about Trevor Ferguson. The cruel side of road racing...” while Richard McNeill of McNeill Racing said, “R.I.P Trevor Ferguson. My thoughts go out to his three children, wife and family. You will be missed.”
Matt from Hungary added, “Rest In Peace #TrevorFerguson #manxgp...Another loss to our small community.”
Netherlands-based rider Robby Repsol went further saying, “Another fallen hero,Very sad to hear that trevor ferguson has lost his life #manxgp thoughts go out to fam and friends.”
Mark Farquhar, who plays forDungannon Rugby Club, tweeted, “Sad sad day for road racing with Trevor Ferguson killed at Isle of Man.” He added that his thoughts are with the family.
“RIP Trevor Ferguson, lovely bloke with a huge passion for road racing, rest in peace fella,” wrote Craig Robertson from Louth while Manx rider Carolynn Sells sent her condolences to the Ferguson and Farquhar families through the social media site.
NI racing fan, Margaret Patterson tweeted, “Gutted to hear about Trevor Ferguson at the Manx GP. My sincere sympathies to Ryan Farquhar, all the family circle, his team and friends.”
Lord Morrow told the Times that the tragic death of one of Dungannon’s leading sportsmen has sent shock waves and deep sorrow across the community
“I knew Trevor Ferguson well and was deeply saddened at the news of his death at the Manx TT. He was of course a very experienced motorbike racer and was held in high esteem in the biking fraternity.
“He ran a very successful business enterprise in Moy, along with his wife, which was renowned for good food and service. He will be greatly missed.
“I want to extend my sincere sympathy to Trevor’s wife and family who will miss him most. It is difficult to find words which adequately express sentiments at this particular time, but when I was informed of the tragic accident in the Isle of Man in which Trevor lost his life, I found it difficult to comprehend, that here was a young man in the prime of life and yet suddenly taken from his family and the community.
“I can assure the family my thoughts, and indeed that of the whole community, are with them at this very difficult time.”
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