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Memories of love will live forever says daughter of murder victim Pat McCormick at funeral

Funeral told dad-of-four 'a kind and caring man'

His wife Alison and family members look on as his coffin arrives at the church
His wife Alison and family members look on as his coffin arrives at the church
A piper and a guard of honour at the funeral of William ‘Pat’ McCormick at Strean Presbyterian Church in Newtownards
William ‘Pat’ McCormick
Brett Campbell

By Brett Campbell

The teenage daughter of murder victim William 'Pat' McCormick told mourners at his funeral that her "memories of love" will live forever as she paid an emotional tribute to her father.

A piper played as the ex-UDR and Royal Irish Regiment lance corporal's coffin was carried into Strean Presbyterian Church in Newtownards draped in a regimental flag yesterday afternoon.

His daughter Morgan (14) told hundreds of mourners that she wants everyone to know "what a wonderful husband, father and son" Pat was.

"My daddy was a wonderful, fun, loving, very kind and a caring person," she added.

"He was always cracking jokes with us and always supportive whenever we needed him.

"He was Superglued to his children and on more than one occasion would travel to pick (her brother) Myles up at 2am."

She told the congregation how her mum Alison met her dad 25 years ago while they both served in the R Irish, and the couple married in August 1998.

"My dad loved us all so much and would do anything for his family," she added.

"He was an absolutely wonderful father... who worked so hard so he and mummy could provide us with the wonderful life that we had - things are going to change now but our memories will live on.

"Memories of love, laughter and happiness will never die."

Morgan said her father adored his mum Jean and dad Frank, who he looked forward to visiting every Sunday up until he went missing six weeks ago.

The 55-year-old Comber man's body was discovered by police divers in a lake near Ballygowan last week following an anonymous tip-off.

Rev Jeff McWatters delivered a message from Pat's son Myles, who said he would be "completely lost" without his dad following the "devastating" loss.

He also thanked everyone who has supported his family, including the PSNI detectives who helped find his father's body and those who provided vital information.

Rev McWatters said Pat's many friends within the church where he served as a caretaker for over 10 years have been pained by his loss.

"As human beings we struggle with death because we have lost someone we loved; it is even more difficult when a loved one has been taken from us by murder," he told them.

The clergyman said it would be easy to criticise the former lance corporal, who would have done anything for his family, including his other children MacKenzie and Mitchell.

"It would be easy to say that if Pat made different choices he would still be here," Rev McWatters said.

"With hindsight, there's not one person here who wouldn't make different choices."

Former military colleagues formed a guard of honour as Pat was carried from the church where he married his wife Alison almost 21 years ago.

A man and a woman have appeared in court charged in connection with Mr McCormick's murder and will appear again on August 2.

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