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Sunday 30 August 2015

Drowning victim (6) ‘touched the hearts of other people’

By Brendan McDaid

Published 02/08/2008

A six-year-old Londonderry boy who drowned in a reservoir while on a family holiday touched the hearts of others and brought a smile to their faces, mourners at his funeral service have been told.

Nathan Sharkey, from the Braefield estate in Claudy, was laid to rest alongside his maternal grandparents Robin and June Black yesterday afternoon following the Church of Ireland funeral service at Glendermott Parish Church in the Waterside.

Earlier yesterday, Nathan’s parents Martin and Kelly, his twin brother Matthew and younger sibling Christopher were joined by other relatives as they said their farewells at a private service in their home.

The six-year-old, who had a medical condition and attended a special school, drowned in a reservoir next to where the Sharkey family was staying in the Algarve region of Portugal on Wednesday, July 23. The family were only one day into their holiday when the tragedy struck.

Martin Sharkey had tried desperately to resuscitate his son but he was pronounced dead in the early hours of Thursday morning at a local hospital.

Speaking at the funeral service yesterday, Canon Derek Creighton said Nathan had a curious nature but had no concept of danger.

Rev Creighton said: “Nathan was a delightful boy, blessed with great affection and a loving and lovable nature. Nathan’s tragic death last week at the beginning of an eagerly awaited family holiday came as a result of his thirst to explore but in six years of life he embraced life to the full, touched the life of many others, touched their hearts and brought a smile to their faces.”

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