Daddy died doing the job he loved

Geoffrey Robb.
Geoffrey Robb.

geoffrey was a ‘brave, extrovert of a man...’

Mr Robb (56) from Kingsway Drive, Portadown, was returning from Keady where he had left off a number of children with learning difficulties when the freak accident occurred. He worked for more than two years at Dungannon-based firm Eurocoach, and drove a range of their vehicles.

His daughter Victoria Keys said, “It’s a terrible tragedy – a freak accident that has devastated the family. Daddy suffered a heart attack last year and had returned to his job just three weeks ago. He was delighted to receive the all-clear, for he loved the job. The children loved him, for he joked and laughed with them.” He is sorely missed.”

The carer on the eight-seater minibus with Mr Robb, a 39-year-old woman, was seriously injured in the accident. She was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital and then the Royal in Belfast for surgery to her neck and back. It is thought that the injuries are not life-threatening.

Mr Robb and his wife Rachel were divorced, but both remained close to the family and were delighted at the arrival of their first grandchild Annie – Victoria’s daughter – nine months ago. Mr Robb also has a son Macauley. And the family had to face a terrible tragedy 15 years ago when another son, Geoffrey junior (14), was killed in a road accident at Armagh Road, Portadown.

“That hit us all very badly,” said Victoria. “And now this. Daddy fought bravely after the heart attack and looked forward to every day after returning to work. It’s hard to take in. He loved driving and he used to take us all away for a run in his car most Sundays.”

Mr Robb was one of the family who lived at the famous ‘Robbs House’ on Killicomaine Road, where College Manor now stands. He has a sister Elizabeth and a brother Leslie.

The funeral was at Seagoe Parish Church on Sunday, with Rev Canon Rajkumas Santhyaraj (Missionary Curate) officiating.