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Moving eulogy as 'cheeky chap' Ivan Crawford laid to rest

By Staff Reporter

Published 08/07/2016

Ivan Crawford died suddenly last week
Ivan Crawford died suddenly last week

Tributes have been paid to a young father from Enniskillen who passed away suddenly last week.

The death of 24-year-old Ivan Crawford at his home in Galliagh Park in the town has plunged his close-knit family into unspeakable grief.

It is believed Mr Crawford took his own life.

Friends and neighbours joined relatives on Tuesday as Mr Crawford - affectionately known as 'wee Ivan' - made his final journey out of the estate where he lived to Rossorry Parish Church for his funeral service.

His parents, partner Emma, five-year-old daughter Annie, siblings Clare, Sharon, Ian, Christopher and Sonia and the rest of his family were joined by hundreds of mourners for his funeral.

In a moving eulogy, the Rev Olivia Downey paid tribute to the "cheeky chap" whom she said was "a bit of a character".

"As with most brothers, he devised many nicknames for his sister Sonia," she said.

"On the occasions when they would fall out, it wouldn't last too long.

"And the pair would soon be reconciled and would laugh about it afterwards, with Ivan's big grin sealing the deal."

The young father's smile was never far from his face, particularly at Christmas, mourners heard.

"His mum recalls the excitement and the buzz as Ivan and the gang made their way downstairs on Christmas morning to see their presents," added Rev Downey.

He attended Jones Memorial Primary School and Erne School and was a "loved pupil". Many of his former teachers visited the family home in the past few days to offer condolences, the Impartial Reporter newspaper said.

Mr Crawford loved cars, hanging out with his friends and spending time with his family.

Rev Downey told mourners how he and partner Emma welcomed the arrival of what the family describe as "the biggest love of his life", Annie Rose, his little girl, five years ago.

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