Castlederg family heartbroken as tragic teenager laid to rest

William Smith


William Smith


A “modest” Castlederg engineering student “who enjoyed life and enjoyed the path of life that he was on” was laid to rest yesterday (Tuesday). 

The largely attended funeral service of Christopher McGettigan (19) of Ashburn Park, Castlederg, took place in St Patrick’s Church, Castlederg, where mourners gathered to pay their final respects to the much loved university student, who sadly died suddenly in Belfast last week.

Mr McGettigan was a beloved son of Brendan and Marian and brother of Francesca, Antoinette, Brendan and Martin.

A former pupil of St Patrick’s Primary School, Castlederg, and Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh, at the time of his death he was a second year civil engineering student studying at Queen’s University, Belfast.

The service was conducted by the Rev Fr Colm O’Doherty, who gave a moving homily for the 19-year-old, whom he described as a “modest young person”, who “took his studies extremely seriously.”

He went on: “The news of his tragic and untimely death on Thursday last has left a terrible sorrow across this community and in so many homes beyond. Christopher was a young man at the beginning of what could have been an exciting future career in engineering."

Full report in this week's Tyrone Constitution.

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