The family of Lawrence McKavanagh, who died suddenly last month, have issued a statement paying tribute to the 26-year-old and thanking everyone who helped them during their bereavement.
It reads, “Lawrence’s mother Joan, father Simon, stepfather Mark, his papa and granny McKavanagh, grandad Magill, ‘granny’ Sheila, Liz and all Lawrence’s brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins and the extended families of McKavanagh, Magill, O’Hagan and O’Neill would like to forward our heartfelt gratitude to the hundreds of people who supported us in our grief.
“Our greatest fear is that we forget to mention anyone who has been there for us now and throughout Lawrence’s life. We feel however that we must mention the following in particular: Lawrence’s good friend Terence who was with him during his last hours on earth, Paddy and Moninne who provided CPR for Lawrence, Jim O’Hagan and the rest of the ambulance crew who, together with Dr McSorley, fought to bring life back to Lawrence.
“For all the staff of Craigavon Area Hospital, particularly the resuscitation unit, intensive care unit and the doctors and nurses who cared so compassionately, professionally and humanely for Lawrence, we forward our sincere thanks.
“Also for the work of the organ donor teams who handled his loved ones with care.
“We extend our love and thanks to all those who visited Lawrence in the hospital, called to the house after, provided food, comfort, cards and flowers, made tea, cleaned and supported our family. Mostly however we thank you for your loving words and your prayers.
“We pay tribute to all Lawrence’s friends, male, female, young and old who shared such lovely memories and kind words about Lawrence which have sustained us and given great joy. To Chrissy McAlinden and all Lawrence’s closest friends for your strength, creativity and love, we are forever grateful. Together with all Lawrence’s closest friends you have turned Lawrence’s death into a celebration of his life. We have been overwhelmed by the touching tribute that you have paid to Lawrence.
We are very proud of the money raised by the sale of Lawrence’s CDs and the raffle organised by Stephanie in aid of the Cuan Mhuire charity.
“The kindness of the staff at Moy Park, in particular Raymond McCrory, has meant so much to us all. Lawrence was happy working in Moy Park for the past year.
“We wish to thank Monsignor Murray and all the priests of the parish as well as Fr Gerry Powell and Fr Joseph Woznick who attended Lawrence in hospital.
“We also wish to thank the Sarsfields Club for the practical and emotional help, and the people of Derrytrasna who have welcomed our family.
“To Father Sheamus Genovese, who was sent to us from God, via California and Lourdes, words cannot express how much your presence meant to us. A million thanks to Sinead McKenna and Tommy Toman for the music which made Lawrence’s service so special. Also to Rosemary Murray of St Mary’s, Derrytrasna, who attended Fr Sheamus and was a tower of strength in the background, and to the Eucharist ministers and all who help to care for the chapel, thank you.
“We wish to thank Francis and Mary McAlinden and staff who organised the funeral in such a caring, professional and dignified manner, as well as the grave diggers who are well-known to the family.
“We also wish to thank all the staff of the Stables Bar who organised the food after the funeral, looked after the hundreds of guests and made us feel welcome and relaxed.
“We would like to acknowledge that Lawrence’s death is not just a loss to his family but to all who knew and loved him. We thank you all for your support and your love during this time. We hope that you will remember Lawrence with happiness, not regret, as we will.”
Lawrence’s month’s mind will be held on Saturday, June 21 at 6pm in St Mary’s, Derrytrasna.