Emotional farewell, as Philly is laid to rest
PHILLY O'TOOLE went down the wrong path as a youngster; however was trying to turn his life around, it emerged at his funeral yesterday morning at St. Peter's Church in Bray.
Relation Keith McLoughlin gave a heartfelt eulogy about a young man who died in brutally tragic circumstances.
His mother and father Brendan and Irene were delighted when their boy was born, and he and his sister Lorraine became firm friends for life.
While he made the wrong choices as a teenager, meeting his partner Jennifer changed all that for Philly. They had a lovely baby boy, Noah, and the young dad wanted a fresh start, said Keith.
However, the men who took his life so violently were not interested in a second chance for Philip O'Toole.
His disappearance was a terribly burden on his devastated family, who feared the worst although there was always a glimmer of hope until that hope was no longer.
Finding him at least brought some measure of peace. ‘ Brendan and Irene got to hold their boy again,' said Keith.
Flowers adorned the hearse that carried him yesterday - ‘ Dad,' ‘Cuz,' and ‘Philly,' reminding us who this man was to so many people.
Fr. James Sheeran said that the congregation was there to pray for a happy repose for Philip's soul, and to support his parents, his partner, and all who were grieving because of his untimely death.
‘He was a very much loved father, son, brother and uncle as well as Joanne's partner,' said Father Sheeran.
‘We give thanks for 33 years of Philip's life,' he said. ‘ Those who knew Philip best and shared in his life knew he was a fun-loving, generous and kind man. If you brought him a problem his advice was always the same – don't panic,' said the priest, adding that he was a practical joker and loyal to a fault to his family and friends.
‘ The O'Toole family know that the inevitability of death doesn't take away the pain, sorrow, loneliness and confusion especially since Philip died such a tragic, savage and needless death with publicity surrounding it.'
Philip O'Toole's last remains were brought to Springfield Cemetery for burial yesterday afternoon.
The funeral of the late Philip O’Toole.