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Dean McIlwaine funeral details announced as firm offers thoughtful gesture to family

By Staff Reporter

A big-hearted funeral director in Belfast has said he will cover the costs of tragic Dean McIlwaine's funeral.

Stephen McCosh, of McCosh Funeral Directors on the Shankill Road, made the offer to the McIlwaine family as they grieve for 22-year-old Dean.

Dean's body was discovered on Cave Hill after an intensive search following his disappearance on July 13.

Last night Mr McCosh told the Belfast Telegraph that he had never intended his compassionate gesture to be made public knowledge.

"It was just the right thing to do," he said.

"Parents should not have to bury a son or daughter.

"I can't do anything about the pain they're going through.

"Someone had to step in to help the family and I am just glad I could."

It's understood that Dean's family have accepted Mr McCosh's generous offer.

Dean's funeral service will take place at 12.30pm this Thursday at Carnmoney Presbyterian Church in Newtownabbey, with burial at Carnmoney cemetery afterwards.

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