Dozens pay re­spects at fu­neral of tragic ‘Ana’

Evening Times - - NEWS - By HOLLY LEN­NON

DOZENS of strangers at­tended the fu­neral for an asy­lum seeker whose death left an or­phaned 10-year-old boy in Spring­burn.

Around 40 peo­ple, in­clud­ing lo­cal res­i­dents, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the lo­cal com­mu­nity coun­cil and a pri­mary school, at­tended the ser­vice at Spring­burn Par­ish Church to pay their re­spects to ‘Ana’.

The 35-year-old, who was born and raised in Ge­or­gia, a for­mer Soviet repub­lic on the bor­der of Europe and Asia, died after a long ill­ness at the age of 35.

Spring­burn Church min­is­ter Rev Brian Casey was asked to or­gan­ise the fu­neral by the head­mas­ter of Ana’s son’s school. The future of the 10-year-old, who has lived in Glas­gow since he was three, is un­cer­tain as his mum was wait­ing the out­come of an ap­peal for asy­lum.

Mr Casey and Fa­ther Mc­Grath have set up an ap­peal to raise money to sup­port the young­ster and have raised £700 so far.

Rev Brian Casey, said it was “heart-warm­ing” and a true mea­sure of lo­cal com­mu­nity spirit that so many peo­ple turned out to ex­press love, faith and prayers for her son, who was de­scribed as “the cen­tre of her life”.

He said: “Ana’s death is tragic and very sad but we were so glad to be able to give that Glas­gow wel­come to her fam­ily. Ir­re­spec­tive of peo­ple’s faith or creed, we are here to serve them in the way Christ served peo­ple of the Jewish faith or no faith.

“It was heart­warm­ing to see so many lo­cal peo­ple at­tend to show sup­port for a griev­ing fam­ily,” he said.

“De­spite its prob­lems, Spring­burn has a very strong com­mu­nity and we can still come to­gether and sup­port peo­ple in times of need.

“I am a chap­lain at Ana’s son’s school and was asked if I could help give him some kind of clo­sure be­cause his mother’s body is be­ing sent back to Ge­or­gia to be buried and he wouldn’t have been able to at­tend the fu­neral.

“I con­tacted my col­league Fa­ther Mc­Grath and we worked to­gether to bring the faith com­mu­nity of Spring­burn to­gether to cel­e­brate the life of Ana.”

Around 40 peo­ple at­tended the fu­neral of ‘Ana’ at Spring­burn Par­ish Churc after the 35-year-old died fol­low­ing a long ill­ness

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