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Father-of-two Gerard Lively who was killed in tractor crash is laid to rest

By Allan Preston

Published 20/08/2016

The funeral of Gerard Lively takes place at St John’s Church in Hilltown, Co Down, yesterday
The funeral of Gerard Lively takes place at St John’s Church in Hilltown, Co Down, yesterday
Gerard Lively

Nearly 800 mourners gathered in Hilltown yesterday for the funeral of father-of-two Gerard Lively.

The 60-year-old was described as "an excellent father and husband" to his wife MaryRose and children Steven and Ashling.

He died on Monday after his tractor was in collision with another vehicle at 6pm on the Bryansford Road in Hilltown.

Yesterday afternoon his remains left his family home on the Leitrim Road for Requiem Mass at St John's Church in Hilltown, with burial in the church's cemetery.

Parish priest Jarlath Cushenan, who conducted the funeral service, said Mr Lively was always willing to lend a helping hand to his friends.

"There were big numbers from everywhere, the church was packed to capacity and he would have been well known of course," he added.

During the service, Mr Lively's brother Eugene made a scripture reading.

For the homily, Fr Cushenan told mourners: "He was very good to his family and an excellent father and husband.

"He was very good to his elderly mother, who lived on her own close by.

"He was great friends to everybody really and would have been willing to give a hand when it was necessary for anything."

The priest added that a short time before Mr Lively's death, he had been "helping to bring hay in from the fields".

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