Tributes paid to well known Banbridge golfer

The family of well known Banbridge man Trevor Woods, who passed away last week, have said they are devastated by the loss of the devoted family man.

Trevor George Woods (or ‘Woody’ as he was known to his many friends) was born to Noel and the late Eileen on January 25 1967.

It has also been revealed that Trevor, an organ donor, will be giving a fresh chance at life to six people through transplant surgery.

His sister Janet was three years older. He was brought up in Edenderry Park, where he spent many days playing football or cricket on the front green with his friends.

In 1985 the family moved to Chinauley Park where his father, Noel, still lives today. Trevor attended Abercorn Primary School and then Banbridge High School. He joined the NIE in 1983 as a young 16 year old apprentice electrician. After his apprenticeship he obtained his HNC in Engineering and worked his way up to 2nd Engineer, a post held until his untimely death.

He had only just recently received his 20 years Full Attendance Service Award. And his son Luke has been offered an apprenticeship with NIE starting in September. Trevor was so proud that Luke was taking this career path.

Trevor met Linda in June 1987. They married on 9 October, 1992, and were overjoyed in July 1995 when Luke was born and four years later, the blue-eyed girl, Gina, came along in July 1999.

Trevor and his sister Janet were very close. They were prominently involved in each other’s family life and Trevor was not just an uncle to Janet’s children, Shannon and Charley, but was like a second father to them.

Trevor’s was a magnificent Dad to Luke and Gina, he lived for his children.

He did everything with them and for them, and, on Tuesday Luke told his Aunt Janet that he wasn’t just losing his Dad but his “best mate” as well – they did everything together.

Janet said, “We are overwhelmed by the support and prayers we have had from our family and friends over the last week. Everyone loved him, no-one had a bad word to say about him and we will miss him dearly.

“His very close friends have been there with us the whole way from the tragedy enfolded last Monday morning. “Trevor had been a blood donor since the age of 18 and thereafter he hardly ever missed a blood donation session. He also carried a donor card, and all of his organs were accepted by the various transplant teams.

“We have been told by the transplant liaison team that it is very rare that all organs are wanted. His heart and lungs are now giving life to two people that we will never know.

“Two people, one a young boy, have benefited from the donation of Trevor’s liver. One kidney has gone to a young man in his early twenties. The other kidney, along with the pancreas has gone to a critically ill diabetic who was in renal failure.

“Trevor was not only generous in life, but also now generous in death. We pray that these people live a long and happy life. We are extremely proud of Trevor.”

Trevor was a popular member of Banbridge Golf Club and was loved and respected by all the members.

Kieran Magennis paid tribute to the popular member. “In golf, and more importantly in life, Woody brought qualities that not only the juveniles at the golf club but all of us admired, cherished and aspire to. While it will be difficult to imagine life and golf without Woody we are better off having known him, thankful for all the memories we have and hope that he is watching over all of us.

The funeral, which was held on Sunday (July 14) at Banbridge Methodist Church was attended by hundreds of people. Rev Tom Deacon officiated at the service. Son Luke read from John 14 v 1-6 and daughter Gina read a poem ‘Don’t cry for me’.

Wm Bell & Co carried out the funeral and donations in lieu: Juvenile Section, Banbridge Golf Club and Craigavon Area Hospital ICU