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Burnley dad-of-three in Darwen Christmas party dance floor death

Lancashire Telegraph: TRAGEDY Eamonn Kilbride and his wife Julie TRAGEDY Eamonn Kilbride and his wife Julie

A BURNLEY father-of-three collapsed and died after dancing at his office Christmas party in front of his wife and work colleagues.

Eamonn Kilbride, 46, was attending the annual Thwaites party at Whitehall Country Club, Darwen, when he began to complain of chest pains.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics and CPR from his wife of 23 years Julie, he was pronounced dead as he arrived at Royal Blackburn Hospital.

The IT manager’s family, who live in Padiham Road, Burnley, said the coroner told them that he had suffered from acute heart failure.

Mrs Kilbride, who was also celebrating her birthday at the party on Saturday night, paid tribute to a ‘loving husband’ who always put his family first.

She said: “I want people to know how he would help anybody whether it was a life-long friend, or someone he had just met.

“He was a great family man and he worked so hard.

“Eamonn was always the life of the party and loved dancing.

“We were having a fantastic time at the Christmas party and Eamonn had just finished dancing to Gangnam Style.

“He was up on stage and entertaining everybody.

“He said he had a bit of a pain and just collapsed.

“I tried to revive him until the ambulance got there, but by the time he got to the hospital he was gone.”

Mr Kilbride moved to Burnley from Ireland in 1985 and was a staunch Liverpool fan.

He had been the manager of Burnley Boys Club Old Boys football team, winning the division with them in 2004.

Mrs Kilbride said: “Eamonn was such an intelligent man. He inspired our children and made sure they had a good education.

“He loved me dearly and would tell people all the time.

“I know he thought the world of us.”

Mr Kilbride, a keen golfer, had three children, Laurajade, 22, Jack, 21, and Conor, 18, who are all at university.

Jack said: “He was a marvellous man and he was really funny.

“He always put effort into everything. He just oozed charisma.”

Tributes poured in on Facebook for Mr Kilbride, who had worked at Thwaites in Blackburn for 16 years.

His cousin Pauline Mulvy said: “My dear cousin Eamonn may you rest in peace. My heart aches for his wife Julie and his family, including his sisters and his mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers here in Dublin. What shocking news too hear.”

Mal McNulty posted: “RIP my dear friend Eamonn can't believe you have been taken from us so suddenly and so young.

“I will miss your frequent text messages and funny jokes you would send me but will remember all the good times we had especially when you came home to Dublin.

“Our condolences to Julie, Laura Jade, Jack and Conor. God bless.”

Cal Crymble posted: “So shocked to hear that Eamonn has passed away.

“One of the kindest people you could ever wish to meet, never failed to put a smile on the face of anyone who met him. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.”

Ben Edwards posted: “The world has lost a great man. RIP Eamonn your friends and family will always love you.”

An initial investigation was launched into Mr Kilbride’s death by police, but officers quickly established no suspicious circumstances.

A file has been passed to East Lancashire Coroner Michael Singleton and a post mortem examination was carried out yesterday (Oct 11).

Neil Bullows, proprietor at the Whitehall Hotel said: “It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with his family.

“It is horrendous and an awful time of year for it to happen.”

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “We got a 999 call at 11.31pm to a man in his 40s.

“A rapid response vehicle arrived on scene at 11.37pm and an ambulance at 11.39pm.”

Mr Kilbride’s funeral takes place at 10am on Wednesday, December 19, at St Mary’s RC Church in Yorkshire Street, Burnley.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to British Heart Foundation care of Alderson and Horan in Rossendale Road, Burnley.

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12:07pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

Tragic!! Eamonn was a fantastic fellow who will be sorely missed by all who knew him and all his colleagues at Thwaites who were fortunate enough to have worked with him.
First time I met him he said, have you got any good jokes then? And when I told him one he said, nah thats rubbish, this is a joke, and he rhymed off about ten that had us all in stiches.
My condolences to his family, what a great chap, always smiling with them irish eyes. RIP Eamonn
Tragic!! Eamonn was a fantastic fellow who will be sorely missed by all who knew him and all his colleagues at Thwaites who were fortunate enough to have worked with him. First time I met him he said, have you got any good jokes then? And when I told him one he said, nah thats rubbish, this is a joke, and he rhymed off about ten that had us all in stiches. My condolences to his family, what a great chap, always smiling with them irish eyes. RIP Eamonn Return of the Magnificent se7en
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12:53pm Wed 12 Dec 12

LancsLass says...

AWWW GodBless what a terrible tragic story he sounds like a lovely man and I hope his family take pleasure from the memories he has left them of him.
I truely feel pain for his wife children and family and friends this is just awful may he rest in peace x
AWWW GodBless what a terrible tragic story he sounds like a lovely man and I hope his family take pleasure from the memories he has left them of him. I truely feel pain for his wife children and family and friends this is just awful may he rest in peace x LancsLass
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1:35pm Wed 12 Dec 12

naomib says...

Such a shame he was a nice guy. My thoughts are with his family.
Such a shame he was a nice guy. My thoughts are with his family. naomib
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2:50pm Wed 12 Dec 12

scottlad says...

Very sad story indeed, It must be horrible to lose someone so close, especially at this time of year. My heart goes out to his family RIP mate x
Very sad story indeed, It must be horrible to lose someone so close, especially at this time of year. My heart goes out to his family RIP mate x scottlad
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6:11pm Wed 12 Dec 12

lj2012 says...

Return of the Magnificent se7en wrote:
Tragic!! Eamonn was a fantastic fellow who will be sorely missed by all who knew him and all his colleagues at Thwaites who were fortunate enough to have worked with him.
First time I met him he said, have you got any good jokes then? And when I told him one he said, nah thats rubbish, this is a joke, and he rhymed off about ten that had us all in stiches.
My condolences to his family, what a great chap, always smiling with them irish eyes. RIP Eamonn
thank you so much for this comment, we don't know who this is but that brought us so much joy to read! especially the "irish eyes" bit. Would love to know who this is?
[quote][p][bold]Return of the Magnificent se7en[/bold] wrote: Tragic!! Eamonn was a fantastic fellow who will be sorely missed by all who knew him and all his colleagues at Thwaites who were fortunate enough to have worked with him. First time I met him he said, have you got any good jokes then? And when I told him one he said, nah thats rubbish, this is a joke, and he rhymed off about ten that had us all in stiches. My condolences to his family, what a great chap, always smiling with them irish eyes. RIP Eamonn[/p][/quote]thank you so much for this comment, we don't know who this is but that brought us so much joy to read! especially the "irish eyes" bit. Would love to know who this is? lj2012
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10:48pm Wed 12 Dec 12

BlueorRed says...

Whenever i think of Eamonn he always reminded me of the song When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, as this was one of his strengths, he always had a smile and could light up a room with his persona.
My deepest sympathy goes out to his wife & children in there very sad loss.

Your memory will continue within the hearts and minds of those whoever had the oportunity to grace your presence. Rest in Peace my friend.
Whenever i think of Eamonn he always reminded me of the song When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, as this was one of his strengths, he always had a smile and could light up a room with his persona. My deepest sympathy goes out to his wife & children in there very sad loss. Your memory will continue within the hearts and minds of those whoever had the oportunity to grace your presence. Rest in Peace my friend. BlueorRed
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9:30am Thu 13 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

lj2012 wrote:
Return of the Magnificent se7en wrote:
Tragic!! Eamonn was a fantastic fellow who will be sorely missed by all who knew him and all his colleagues at Thwaites who were fortunate enough to have worked with him.
First time I met him he said, have you got any good jokes then? And when I told him one he said, nah thats rubbish, this is a joke, and he rhymed off about ten that had us all in stiches.
My condolences to his family, what a great chap, always smiling with them irish eyes. RIP Eamonn
thank you so much for this comment, we don't know who this is but that brought us so much joy to read! especially the "irish eyes" bit. Would love to know who this is?
Hello LJ,
I'm glad you took some comfort from what I said, but thats the way we all felt about Eamonn at Thwaites and I don't think I am unique in this. He was a very, very well liked man. He cheered everyone up as soon as he entered the room.
I work at Thwaites in the engineering department and the shock of this tragedy has swept the whole company.
His constant smile and cheerful infectious demeanour rubbed off on all around him. Even at this devastating time, when we at thwaites think of Eamonn, it just makes us smile, we can't help it!!.. And that is a testament to the fantastic fellow he was, what a great man.. I hope his loved ones can take some comfort from knowing how well thought of he was. We will miss him greatly. Take care now.
[quote][p][bold]lj2012[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Return of the Magnificent se7en[/bold] wrote: Tragic!! Eamonn was a fantastic fellow who will be sorely missed by all who knew him and all his colleagues at Thwaites who were fortunate enough to have worked with him. First time I met him he said, have you got any good jokes then? And when I told him one he said, nah thats rubbish, this is a joke, and he rhymed off about ten that had us all in stiches. My condolences to his family, what a great chap, always smiling with them irish eyes. RIP Eamonn[/p][/quote]thank you so much for this comment, we don't know who this is but that brought us so much joy to read! especially the "irish eyes" bit. Would love to know who this is?[/p][/quote]Hello LJ, I'm glad you took some comfort from what I said, but thats the way we all felt about Eamonn at Thwaites and I don't think I am unique in this. He was a very, very well liked man. He cheered everyone up as soon as he entered the room. I work at Thwaites in the engineering department and the shock of this tragedy has swept the whole company. His constant smile and cheerful infectious demeanour rubbed off on all around him. Even at this devastating time, when we at thwaites think of Eamonn, it just makes us smile, we can't help it!!.. And that is a testament to the fantastic fellow he was, what a great man.. I hope his loved ones can take some comfort from knowing how well thought of he was. We will miss him greatly. Take care now. Return of the Magnificent se7en
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7:53am Fri 14 Dec 12

darting damo says...

As one of the last, if not the last people to speak to Eamonn, I feel both humbled and very sad, but also extremely unworthy. He came outside to cool down and told me how he learnt his dance moves on his first all-inclusive holiday, and how much he was enjoying his first Thwaites Christmas party. As usual, he made me laugh out loud - in fact such was his character that I cannot remember ever having a chat with him when he wasnt either making me laugh or helping me in some way. I think he made such an impression with anyone he came into contact with. A very special man Eamonn, you will be sorely missed
As one of the last, if not the last people to speak to Eamonn, I feel both humbled and very sad, but also extremely unworthy. He came outside to cool down and told me how he learnt his dance moves on his first all-inclusive holiday, and how much he was enjoying his first Thwaites Christmas party. As usual, he made me laugh out loud - in fact such was his character that I cannot remember ever having a chat with him when he wasnt either making me laugh or helping me in some way. I think he made such an impression with anyone he came into contact with. A very special man Eamonn, you will be sorely missed darting damo
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3:43pm Sun 16 Dec 12

mishel says...

Well Eamonn i didnt know you long but it was long enough to know you where a lovely man, Such a terrible loss and still seems surreal, My thoughts go out to your wife and children, I hope on Wednesday you get the send off you deserve, You will be missed...R.I.P x
Well Eamonn i didnt know you long but it was long enough to know you where a lovely man, Such a terrible loss and still seems surreal, My thoughts go out to your wife and children, I hope on Wednesday you get the send off you deserve, You will be missed...R.I.P x mishel
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