£3,500 raised to pay for fu­neral of ‘lovely big guy’

The Oban Times - - News - DAVID MCPHEE dm­cphee@oban­times.co.uk

MORE than £ 3,500 has been raised to cover the fu­neral costs of a ‘lovely big guy’.

A to­tal of £ 3,561 was do­nated in less than five days to help pay for the fu­neral of Oban man Joe De­vaney, who died sud­denly this month.

When Mr De­vaney passed away aged just 40, his friend Al­lan Strang de­cided to start a cam­paign to raise money to help with the fu­neral.

He orig­i­nally set a tar­get of £2,500, but thanks to the Oban com­mu­nity ral­ly­ing round this was reached in a day. He in­creased the tar­get to £ 3,000 and, again, this was sur­passed. Just un­der 160 peo­ple do­nated.

Speak­ing to The Oban Times, Mr Strang said: ‘I started it to re­spect a great, lovely big guy who would do any­thing to help any­one. He knew a lot of peo­ple. He had a big cir­cle of friends.

‘I met Joe in Oban when he first ar­rived about 15 or so years ago and he was a great guy to get on with.

‘He wouldn’t harm a fly. He loved his out­doors and his love for dogs was more than his love for hu­man be­ings.

‘Thank you ev­ery­one for do­nat­ing,’ Mr Strang added after the tar­gets had been met. ‘We reached £ 3,501 [now £ 3,561] to go to­wards Joe’s fu­neral costs.

‘This re­ally goes to show the fig­ure he was to ev­ery­one he met. I must thank you all ... RIP big man.’

The fundraiser is still open, and peo­ple can do­nate by vis­it­ing: https:// www.go­fundme. com/cpy6eb-fu­neral- costs-for­joe- de­vaney-rip.

Joe De­vaney loved the out­doors and dogs.

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