Tributes paid as 'quiet, gentle' Dungannon schoolboy dies while fighting cancer
Tributes have poured in for a 14-year-old Dungannon boy who died suddenly on Wednesday after battling against an aggressive form of cancer.
Kian McIntosh was a much-loved pupil at Integrated College Dungannon (ICD) and was due to start back at school yesterday after the holidays.
School principal Andrew Sleeth paid tribute to Kian, who he described as a "quiet, gentle lad".
Mr Sleeth said: "It was with a heavy heart that I informed our governors, staff, students and parents of the death of our student Kian McIntosh. Kian was a quiet, gentle lad who was thought of so highly by everyone in the college.
"I remember the first time that Kian visited us and how, like every mum, Vicky was anxious about his move to big school. Within a day, Kian had settled in to ICD as if he had always been here.
"In his two years at the college, Kian made many friends and achieved much.
"He received the form student award at our last junior prize-giving ceremony.
"He won several assessment point subject awards and won the Upcycle Project Award at Easter. He also enjoyed running and was a regular participant in the cross-country running group after school on Tuesdays.
"He attended ICT club during lunchtimes regularly and, like most young boys, he enjoyed the company of his friends and loved gaming.
"The college will continue to provide support for all those affected by Kian's sudden and sad passing.
"We will keep Kian, his family, friends and classmates in our thoughts and prayers. He will be sorely missed by us all."
Kian is survived by his parents Brian and Vicky and siblings Shea, Conor, Ana and Ruan.
Local independent councillor Barry Monteith knows the family well and described the death as "heartbreaking."
He said: "It is hard to put into words what Brian and Vicky and the rest of the family circle are going through. My heart goes out to them."
The ladies' GAA club Aodh Ruadh from Dungannon paid its tribute to Kian on social media and said: "The coaches, players and committee members of our club wish to extend their heartfelt sympathy to Vicky, Brian and the family on the sudden death of Kian."
The funeral takes place tomorrow at Patrick's Church, Dungannon.