Fintona singer pens emotional song for deceased friend

A FINTONA country singer has penned an emotional charity song to beautifully remember the last few hours of a young family friend who sadly died recently.

Angela Reid penned the track ‘Truck Run to Heaven’ after Brian ‘Bob’ Hearty from Armagh was killed in a tragic road accident on October 26, 2017 – just one day after he celebrated his 29th birthday.

All proceeds raised from the song – written, arranged and produced by Angela – will go to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

Guest musicians on the personal track include Brian Kerrigan, Declan O’Hare, Kane O’Rourke and Michael Sexton.

“The song recounts the last few hours of Brian’s short life,” Angela said. “On the night of his death, Brian took part in a charity truck run through Crossmaglen and that’s how it gets its name.

“After the truck run, Brian decided he was going to Dundalk for something as simple as a bag of chips. And he never came home. His lorry tragically hit a wall.”

The idea to write the song came about, when Angela was asked to sing at Brian’s funeral.

His family didn’t want anything dreary as Brian was the “life and soul of the party”, requesting instead something that was upbeat.

Feeling there is no such thing as a happy funeral song, Angela proposed writing a song especially for Brain.

On the day of Brian’s funeral, Angela held back tears as she performed the ‘Truck Run to Heaven’ to the packed chapel. It was the first time Brian’s family had heard it.

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the chapel,” Angela described. “And now Brian’s family and friends are taking comfort in the song, especially as the funds are going to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust who have, to date, assisted in 410 repatriations.

“The song also means that Brian’s legacy continues, his name is kept alive and his light shines as bright as it ever did.”

The track ‘Truck Run to Heaven’ can be purchased locally in Jean’s Country Music Store, Omagh, Hegarty’s in Fintona and Stewart’s Record Shop in Dungannon. Each CD single costs £5.

For more information, visit Facebook page ‘Truck Run to Heaven’ or email


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