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