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Jack Glenn funeral to be celebration of love his family and friends had for him

By Donna Deeney

Hundreds of people are expected at the funeral of a young man whose body was recovered from the River Foyle.

Jack Glenn's remains were found earlier this week - more than seven weeks after he was seen entering the water.

The popular 23-year-old Londonderry man will be laid to rest today after a service in Ebrington Presbyterian Church.

His remains will be taken from his grandparents' home in Caw Park, where crowds have visited since Tuesday evening to offer their condolences to his parents Colin and Hester, sister Katie and the wider family circle.

The search of the Foyle and its banks for Jack - the largest ever witnessed in Derry - was spearheaded by an online campaign by his family.

His uncle Wayne Glenn, who was the co-ordinator of the #getjackback effort, said today's service will be a celebration of the life that Jack lived and the love his family and friends had for him.

Speaking in an earlier interview, Jack's father paid tribute to his son, saying: "Jack was the first-born of his generation in our family, the first grandchild, adored by everyone.

"He was always the 'blue eyed boy' and no matter where he went he was always smiling - his gorgeous white teeth and big blue eyes, he was just stunning and he was so funny, he lit up the whole room when he walked in."

Wayne will lead the tributes to him during today's church service.

He said: "Jack's funeral service will be a celebration of his life and the good times we had with him as a very central part of our family. I will pay tribute to him and I could speak all day about all that was good and wonderful about Jack and I still wouldn't have said it all."

Special prayers will be said at the service for the recovery of Dean Millar (18), who disappeared after a night out in Derry three weeks ago and whose body is also believed to be in the Foyle.

The bond the two families have forged in their shared pain and grief brought poignant scenes earlier this week on Foyle Road, where Jack's family gathered for the removal of his remains.

Mr Millar's family stopped their search to line up along Foyle Road in respect for the Glenn family - a move reciprocated by Colin Glenn, who crossed the road and shook hands with everyone.

Wayne added: "Our thoughts are still very much with Dean's family and we will remember them during Jack's funeral. We will pray for them, that they get Dean back soon and we will pray they stay strong and don't give up.

"These have been a long and unbearable eight weeks for our family and we are completely heartbroken, but being able to lay Jack to rest will bring a comfort of sorts."

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