Mourners at the funeral Mass today (Wednesday) for Ambrose Blaine, the Mayo pilot who died in a biking accident in Mexico earlier this month were told of the loss of “a man with a huge heart, a madman, a loveable rogue who lived his life on high octane”.

 Anne Blaine, widow of 55-year-old Ambrose Blaine, speaking in St. Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina, spoke lovingly of her late husband saying she had been inundated with thousands of sympathy calls from all over the world since his passing.

 She went on to describe Ambrose as a larger than life character, “a humble man” who had a huge interest in people and loved to travel, learning many languages in the process.

Mr. Blaine had a distinguished career as an airline captain, instructor and examiner, flying the Airbus 330, 340, 320 and 310 as well as the Boeing 737 series.

 He was employed by Turkish Airlines earlier this month when he was fatally injured in a road collision while biking with friends on the Pan-American Highway in La Paz, Mexico.

Fr. Aidan O’Boyle, main celebrant of the funeral Mass, welcomed mourners on what he described as “a most sad and lonesome day”.

On behalf of the local communities around Ballina and Killala, he offered sympathy and solidarity.

Following the funeral Mass the remains were brought to Mount Jerome Crematorium in Dublin for cremation.



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