1,200 mourners pay respects to victim of choking tragedy
More than a thousand mourners turned out at Ballymena Baptist Church yesterday for the funeral of choking victim Richard Moore.
Described as a "very fun guy, who loved life", Richard choked on food on December 11 while enjoying Christmas celebrations with work colleagues at the Ramore winebar in Portrush.
He was taken to the intensive care unit at Causeway Hospital, where he had worked in the IT department, but sadly passed away from his injuries on December 23.
A service of thanksgiving at Ballymena Baptist Church was attended by around 1,200 people. It was followed by a private burial for the family.
In a statement, the church said: "Richard Moore called home December 23 suddenly Richard Andrew, much-loved husband of Jacqui Broughshane, devoted elder son of Kenneth and Noreen Moore and loving brother of Jeanette and Nigel."
Pastor Mark Brown, who led the service, added: "The sense is just deep loss and sadness and shock.
"I always say in our church that whenever one of our own is hurt, we all hurt, and that is very much how we all feel today in the church family for the Moore and Mills family circles."
He described Richard as a committed Christian who had been involved with the church since he was a young boy.
"He was a very fun guy who loved life, loved adventure and always had a big smile on his face," he added.
"He always wanted to help and do something for other people. There are many great qualities about him, but the one I want to focus on would be his relationship with and commitment to Jesus."
Richard was well known to many in the Ballymena and Cullybackey areas and was also a passionate football supporter.
His friends from Wakehurst Star football club, who nicknamed him "the general", paid tribute to him on Facebook.
"Everyone would like to pass on their sympathy to the Moore family today as they mourn the loss of Ric," they wrote online. "Ric has been a keen follower of the club and in particular the Strollers this season and leaves us after a short illness following a tragic accident."
Last week, many friends also took to social media to pay their respects.