Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

BOBBY Mes­sett was ‘ loved by every­one around him’ his son Gary told the con­gre­ga­tion at his fu­neral Mass last Fri­day morn­ing at St Mochanog’s church in Kil­macanogue.

The church was packed to ca­pac­ity, with many more peo­ple standing out­side, as the com­mu­nity came to­gether to bid farewell to Bobby, who was trag­i­cally killed dur­ing a shoot­ing at Bray Boxing Club the pre­vi­ous Tues­day.

‘He packed more into his 50 years than a man who would live to be 100,’ said Gary. ‘He was so pas­sion­ate about ev­ery­thing he did and he was a fam­ily man, most im­por­tantly.

‘Although we are all dev­as­tated that he was taken so cru­elly, and way too soon, it gives us some com­fort to know he is reunited with his ma and da,’ he said.

‘Sport played a huge part of his life. It’s where he made most of his clos­est friends,’ said Gary.

‘My Da never sat still for a minute. He loved to keep busy and he did just that. He’s left a huge void in our lives that will never be filled again.’

Guards of hon­our from Glen­cor­mac United, Bray Wheel­ers and Pluck’s Golf So­ci­ety helped Bobby’s fam­ily shoul­der their heavy bur­den, tak­ing turns to carry him to­wards the church, and lin­ing the route as they took him to the ad­join­ing ceme­tery to be laid to rest along­side his par­ents.

The song ‘ Tell Me Again’ by the Coronas played as mourn­ers ar­rived at the small church, lyrics in­clud­ing ‘ tell me again, how much h you make my year. My beau- ti­ful friend, you’ve noth­ing to fear.’

Fr Dan Nguyen wel­comed Bobby’s chil­dren, Gary, Bobby Jnr, Demi-Leigh, and their mother Jackie, his part­ner Natalie and her son Alex, and all of his fam­ily mem­bers, to what he said was a cel­e­bra­tion of Bobby’s life.

Sym­bols were brought to the al­tar rep­re­sent­ing Bobby’s life. A Glen­cor- mac United jersey bear­ing the num­ber 5; a pho­to­graph of his chil­dren, one of his three grand­daugh­ters, boxing gloves, a Liver­pool crest, golf clubs, his cycling hel­met, and fi­nally, a bot­tle of rum ‘ to send him on his way’.

Fr Dan told the con­gre­ga­tion that Bobby was a kind man. He struck up a friend­ship with the pri­est fol­low­ing the pass­ing of Bobby’s mother Delores in Fe­bru­ary. Dur­ing those snowy times, he en­sured that Fr Dan had enough logs for his fire.

‘Now I’m full of logs for the next win­ter as well!’ Fr Dan told those present.

‘We gather here in St Mochanog’s church in a shock­ing state,’ said Fr Dan. ‘ The news of last Tues­day morn­ing brought dev­as­tat­ing shock to Bobby’s fam­ily, friends and lo­cal com­mu­nity. The whole na­tion of Ire­land has learned about the tragic death of an in­no­cent man.

‘An over­whelm­ing sense of sym­pa­thy and com­pas­sion has been felt for his fam­ily. What­ever we say right now I think is in­ad­e­quate to ex­press our sad­ness, our sor­row for his fam­ily,’ he said. ‘Even though we are all shocked and sad­dened at what has hap­pened to Bobby, our gath­er­ing this morn­ing is to cel­e­brate his life, love, friend­ship and kind­ness.

‘He was well known for his love of fam­ily,fa love of life, and pas­sion forfo many sports - cycling, boxing, in his love of na­ture - pi­geons and a many other things. He was kind, k warm, friendly, gen­tle and hard-work­ing. He was highly re­spected and very well thought of.

‘Bobby’s life has been cut short,’ s said Fr Dan. ‘Life is so pre­cious, p a gift from God. He died be­fore his time. He has died too trag­i­cally and sud­denly, too soon. But his tragedy has al­lowed us to see the re­mark­able im­pact which Bobby has made on o those in his life. He inspired many young peo­ple and touched many lives.’

Fr Dan in­vited mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion to briefly sum Bobby

“My Da never sat still for a minute. He loved to keep busy and he did just that. He’s left a huge void that will never be filled”

up. ‘Leg­end’ came a voice from the body of the church, as well as ‘amaz­ing per­son’, fol­lowed by ‘per­fect in ev­ery way’. As Mass drew to a close, the pri­est in­vited mourn­ers to join in a round of ap­plause in hon­our of Bobby.

Emily Car­roll sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as the life­long Liver­pool fan was car­ried to the ceme­tery fol­low­ing fu­neral Mass.

Mourn­ers gath­ered out­side the al­ready full St Mo­chonóg’s Church on Fri­day ap­plaud­ing the touch­ing eu­logy by Bobby’s son Gary.

The late Bobby Mes­sett.

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