Tribute to 'bright, beautiful' teen Adam McCormack who died in his sleep at Belfast home
Friends and family have paid tribute to a "bright, beautiful and funny" Belfast teenager who died suddenly in his sleep.
Adam McCormack (15) passed away last Friday morning at his home in the Belvoir area of the city.
The teenager was a Year 11 pupil at Breda Academy. Principal Matthew Munro said yesterday that the whole school was saddened to hear of his death.
"Adam was a much loved member of our school community who could be relied upon to bring a smile to the faces of his friends, fellow students and staff. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time."
Pupils have made a memory tree and filled a book of condolence, and Mr Munro said four lads at the school had offered to complete Adam's joinery coursework for him.
"He was liked by everyone," the principal said.
A member of staff at the school Adam was "a model student who will be sorely missed" and another added that he was "a really lovely, considerate young man."
The school will be closed today as a mark of respect and to allow staff and students to attend his funeral service.
His family paid tribute to the teenager in family notices yesterday. His parents Lynn and Gary said: "We are sad within our memory, lonely are our hearts today, for the one we loved so dearly, has forever been called away. We think of you in silence, no eye may see us weep, but many silent tears are shed when others are asleep. Loving and kind in all your days. Sincere and true in heart and mind, beautiful memories you left behind. God bless, Mum and Dad."
His sister Jourdan said: "Gone is the face we loved so dear, silent is the voice we loved to hear, too far away for sight or speech, but not too far for thoughts to reach, sweet to remember him who once was here, and who though absent is just as dear. Goodnight beautiful brother, uncle. Jourdan and Maisie."
Brother Matthew added: "The years may wipe out many thing, but this they'll wipe out never, the memory of those happy days spent together. Goodnight brother/uncle. Love Matthew, Danielle and Riley."
The local community have come together to offer support to his parents, siblings and wider family circle.
Milltown Baptist Church, where Adam's funeral service will be held this morning, posted: "Adam's quirky personality and humour will be greatly missed. Our hearts are breaking today by this news. He was one of a kind and had the ability to brighten up anyone's day. Not enough good words can be said about him."
The Belvoir Area Residents Group said: "Adam was a pleasure to know. Such a bright, beautiful, funny boy who put a smile on everyone's face."
Adam was a member of a local church youth group called Dreamscheme NI. Following the news of his death, they said: "We are devastated by the news of the sudden passing of Adam McCormack, who was loved by everyone in Dreamscheme. Adam was a very special young man, and we will all miss his unique humour and friendship." The group came together on Friday night to release sky lanterns and to make collages with messages and memories of their time with Adam.
Over the weekend, friends took to social media to remember the teenager. One friend posted: "Such a smart, loving, funny guy. He will be deeply missed. Never a dull moment when he was around."
Another friend said: "There wasn't a time I was with him when he didn't make me laugh with his sense of humour and cheeky wee comments. My heart is breaking, we lost one amazing young man. "Adam's funeral service will take place at Milltown Baptist Church at 11.30am today, followed by a committal at Roselawn Crematorium.