Emo­tional farewell, as Philly is laid to rest

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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