A father-of-three who died in a paragliding accident last weekend is to be cremated on Saturday.
The body of Rafal ‘Ralph’ Skóra, 41, a paragliding enthusiast originally from Poland, but living in Artane north Dublin, was found last Sunday at 8am in the Wicklow mountains.
The experienced glider had taken off from Black Hill above Blessington Lakes and was last seen heading south over the Wicklow Mountains and Glenmalure. The alarm was raised by his wife Dominika on Saturday night when he failed to return home.
His body was found by a group of fellow paragliders and adventure sports enthusiasts, as well as Wicklow Mountain Rescue, and the Irish Coast Guard Rescue.
Mr Skóra’s body was discovered nearby when the ground search crews were directed to the scene. The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) are investigating to establish the cause of the incident.
The taxi driver’s remains will be reposing at Jennings Funeral Home, Oskar Trainer Road, Coolock in Dublin. He will be cremated on Saturday at Dardistown Crematorium at 2pm.
His parents and brother are expected to travel from Poland for the funeral. Mr Skóra’s eldest son Jakub from his first marriage will also make the trip from Poland.
The popular taxi driver became a father for the third time when his only daughter Julianna was born 12 weeks ago. Mr Skóra also has a three-year-old son called Benjamin.
Mr Skóra captured the hearts of the nation by trying to track down a man, he picked up outside Merrion Row, in the city centre on Friday evening. He dropped the man at a Spar shop in Monkstown, nine kilometres away. It was only when Ralph had dropped the man, that he found a wedding gift voucher worth €500 belonging to him.
He launched a successful social media campaign to find the man just 24 hours before his tragic death.
Mrs Skóra added: “Rafal really wanted this man and his fiancée to have the wedding voucher back and I’m so happy that this is now going to happen, thanks to all of the public’s help.”
The Dublin Taxi Drivers group has also paid tribute to Mr Skóra. A spokesperson said: “Dublin lost one of the most honest taxi drivers. He tried to go out of his way just to reunite the owner of the lost property (wedding voucher) he found in his car.
“He got in touch with us on Friday night reporting that he found a bag with a €500 voucher in it. In a matter of hours we were able to put him in touch with his passenger.
“The news of his death is absolutely heart wrenching for his wife, children and family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his loved ones. RIP Rafal.”
A fundraising campaign has been set-up for the family to cover funeral costs on the crowdfunding page, gofundme.com/Rafal Skóra.
In less than 24 hours since being created, the campaign has so far received almost €13,000 in donations.