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Grandfather dies after horror ‘cow attack’ on his farm

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Derek Roan, 71, “led the way in community involvement and getting people together” during the coronavirus pandemic. Tributes have poured in for the pensioner, who ran Barnbarroch Farm in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

The tragic accident happened there on Monday June 20, 2022, and, though Mr Roan was dashed to hospital, he died of his injuries.

Mr Roan leaves behind three children and six grandchildren, Daily Record reports.

His heartbroken family said in a statement: “It is with deepest sadness to announce the tragic death of Derek Roan at Barnbarroch Farm, beloved husband to Kathleen, devoted father to Stuart, Steven, Leeanne, father-in-law to Aylett, Tracey and Tony and proud Papa to Fergus, Fraser, Andrew, Lucy, Daisy and Skye.

“We are totally devastated and still in shock at what has happened and it will take some time for us to come to terms of not having him around.

“All Derek’s hard work was for his two passions in life – his family and his farms.

“Derek was well known within the farming community and many other circles. He will be sadly missed by all.

“We would like to thank everyone for sending their condolences during this difficult time for us.”

As chairman of Colvend and Southwick Community Council, Mr Roan played a huge part in local life.

Vice-chairman and friend Simon Pain said: “This is an absolute tragedy for all concerned. All I know is that it was a stock-related injury on the farm itself.

“Derek was well-liked and well respected in our community.”

Mr Pain paid tribute to Mr Roan’s special talent for bringing people together for the benefit of all.

He said: “I think Derek transformed the role of the community council within the community.

“He made it much more active and helped develop a whole series of projects for the good of the community.

“He played a leading role in building the new recreation ground behind Colvend Primary School.

“And he led the way in community involvement, getting people together and moving people to help one another.

“That was especially important during the pandemic,

“A large part of all that was down to Derek’s leadership.”

Mr Pain added: “Derek was a leading light on our community council for a number of years, most of those as chairman, and in the Church of Scotland at Colvend.

“He was also an active member of the local curling club – he was involved in all sorts of things.

“Please convey the community’s best wishes and condolences to the family.”

Well-known in the farming community, Mr Roan was a past chairman of the Stewartry Young Farmers’ Club, former chairman of the National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS) Dumfries and Galloway regional board and chairman of The Solway Burns Club.

His family has been milking pedigree Holstein cows at Barnbarroch for six generations.

A statement from Police Scotland said: “On Monday, 20 June 2022, we were made aware of the death of a 71-year-old man in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

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