Funeral takes place of Moygashel motor cycle victim

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Funeral takes place of Moygashel motor cycle victim thumbnailThe family of the late Barrie Meneely follow his coffin from St Elizabeth's Parish Church, Moygashel.

THE funeral of a father-of-three tragically killed in a road crash has taken place in Dungannon on Tuesday last.

Barrie Meneely, from the Hollows in Lurgan, was killed in a motorbike accident near Loughgall on Friday 9th March.

The funeral service took place at St Elizabeth's Church in Moygashel where mourners heard Mr Meneely described as a person with a big personality and a big heart.

Barrie had been an avid Dungannon Swifts supporter for many years, and the club's manager Rodney McAree helped carry Mr Meneely's coffin.

Speaking at the funeral service, Archdeacon Andrew Forster adressed the hundreds of mourners who attended and the family: "We gather here as people in shock, as friends who are devastated, to surround by our love and presence a family who are heartbroken.

“None of us will ever forget hearing the dreadful news of Barrie's death and the awful pain and devastation that that new brought to Emma, Alex, Charlotte and Alfie, to Johnnie, Noeleen and Toni.

“Today we offer you our heartfelt sympathy. The hundreds of people who are here today want you to know that we care for you deeply at this dreadful time. We want to give you all the support that we can as you begin to come to terms with this terrible tragedy."

“We grieve together, grief is that indescribable pain that comes from having to let go.

“Often the more tragic and sudden the death the greater the grief because we are not ready to let go. That grief is so poignant today because Barrie had so much of his life to live; he had given so much love and care to his family; had brought humour and fun and friendship wherever he went, and there would have been so much more if it was not for this tragedy.

“Today we also celebrate Barrie and everything about him that we value. There is much to cerebrate because Barrie made the world a happier place - he was a big personality with a big heart. He could light up a room and bring a smile and laughter to any situation. At the very heart of this man was his love for his family.'

“We remember him, we honour him and we cerebrate his life."

Following the service, interment took place in Cottagequinn Cemetery.


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