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Hundreds turn out as man killed in Derry bar row is buried

By Donna Deeney

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of “gentle giant” Gary Butcher yesterday.

Mr Butcher (39), a builder who lived in Bellrena, died early on Saturday morning after an incident at a bar in Limavady.

Members of Armaigh an Gilligan GAA formed a guard of honour as his coffin was carried into St Aidan’s in Magilligan, Co Londonderry, followed by his parents Danny and Veronica and his daughter Dearbhla.

During Requiem Mass curate of Magilligan Fr Frank O'Hagan said Mr Butcher's family had drawn comfort from the many stories and memories of Gary they had heard since his death.

He added: “Everybody looked wee beside Gary. Paul Gaile called him the ‘gentle giant’.

“He was a kind, respectful, generous, loving son — who would have done anyone a good turn if it was needed. He took that from his mother, Veronica,” Fr O’Hagan continued.

“He was conscientious, caring, sensitive, sometimes roguish and, as I've already said, a very good-looking young man. He got that from his father, Danny.”

Mr Butcher was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.

Sean William Doherty (19), an apprentice bricklayer from Magilligan, appeared in court in Derry on Monday charged with his manslaughter.

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