Crash victim Gary Lennon left lifetime of special memories, funeral hears
Mourners attending the funeral of a Co Down man who died in a car crash last week have been urged to cherish life and their loved ones.
Gary Lennon (45) was laid to rest in the cemetery beside the Church Of The Immaculate Conception yesterday morning following Requiem Mass.
Father Denis McKinley urged those who packed the pews of the church in Aughlisnafin not to take anything for granted.
"Life is a precious gift, but it is very brittle," he said.
"It can be taken away very quickly."
Dozens of grieving family members and friends followed the cortege from Mr Lennon's parents' home on Whitefort Road before arriving at the church at 9.30am.
As the clergyman celebrated the deceased's life with mourners, he said Mr Lennon had made a tremendous impact on his family.
"Despite only having him for 45 years he has left them with a lifetime of special memories," Fr McKinley said.
Referring to Mr Lennon's love of motorbike racing and fast cars, the priest also urged those at the service to think about the dangers associated with speed.
"It can bring great joy and a sense of freedom, but it also brings great danger," he said.
The plasterer, who had been working as a fencing and decking specialist since April, died after crashing his blue BMW last Thursday night on the Dublin Road.
Fr McKinley described Mr Lennon's devastated dad Sean and heartbroken mum Anne as being "raw" with grief after losing another son before his time - Gary's death came four years after that of his brother Francis.
The priest, who was one of the first people on the scene of the crash, was prevented from administering the last rites due to the severity of the incident.
Yesterday he vowed that the parish will continue to comfort and pray for the entire family - including Gary's sisters Sinead and Caroline and brother Paul - during the difficult days ahead.