As a club, the Portadown Pikers would like to express their deepest and heartfelt sympathies to both the families who have lost a loved one in the tragedy at Lough Ree on Thursday March 20, 2014. As much as we have lost great friends and members you have lost partners, sons, brothers and fathers.
The six lads left on that Thursday morning very excited for their four-day ﬁshing adventure, not knowing the tragic events which lay before them.
Our club chairman and good friend David Warnock, with his infectious personality and warm smile, will be missed dearly by all who knew him. He was a grafter, so enthusiastic and always maintaining the upkeep of our club’s lake. David was never afraid to pull on his waders and get stuck in. These characteristics have brought a warm glow to many of our members, even on the coldest of days out ﬁshing. David, you will be forever in our hearts.
We also tragically lost our friend and vice-chairman Daryl Burke. ‘Wee Daryl’, as we would call him, is and will always remain the one true Portadown Piker. Daryl was the drive behind the club’s work days, and the energy he put in to organising events will be sorely missed by all. Daryl was a very positive, upbeat man. In life he wouldn’t let anything stop him, he made the most of his friends and family. Daryl, you lived life to the max and you will be forever in our hearts.
We give sincere and continued thanks to the efforts of all the rescue services, hospital staff, to the volunteers, the Portadown Piker members and to the general public, for their support and prayers. We are forever thankful that John Trimble is making good progress on his road to recovery. Our thoughts, prayers and support are with him and with our other three members who lived through this horriﬁc tragedy. The club is now working tirelessly to fundraise for both David’s and Daryl’s families. We have set up two trust funds for the children who have lost a daddy and for the mothers who have lost a partner.
The official trust funds have been established and are currently being administered by Portadown Pikers and supported by Portadown Cares charity who are co-ordinating collection buckets, Paypal, JustTextGiving and a JustGiving page which will allow for the collection of gift aid.
We ask anyone wishing to hold a fundraising event to make contact with the Portadown Pikers or via the JustGiving page so we can support you. All information can be found at www.portadownpikers.co.uk. The funds will be collected as one and split between both families.