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Paul Conlon's family offers thanks to 'heroes' who helped find boxer's remains

By Staff Reporter

The funeral of former boxing champion Paul Conlon - whose body was recovered from the River Lagan last week - will take place on Wednesday.

The west Belfast man had been missing since February.

Search and rescue teams searched the river intensively for the previous nine weeks in a bid to find his body.

He was eventually recovered from the waters of the Lagan last Thursday.

Mr Conlon had boxed for Holy Trinity Amateur Boxing Club and had owned a barber's shop in the Andersonstown area of west Belfast.

He had achieved the title of Ulster Senior Boxing Champion during his time in the ring.

Mr Conlon leaves behind partner Annmarie, his two children Stephen and Sasha, as well as a heartbroken family circle.

His funeral cortege will be leaving 203 Upper Lisburn Road at noon on Wednesday to arrive at Roselawn Crematorium for a 1.30pm service. Mr Conlon's brother Jim said he could find no words to describe the shock of his brother's death.

He told the Irish News: "On February 28, Paul, a father-of-two, took his own life, entering the River Lagan on what was one of the coldest nights of the year. The shock of losing Paul this way can not be described in words."

He also paid tribute to the work of the Lagan search and rescue teams who had done all they could to help find his brother.

"Myself, our father and other family members searched for him every day," he said.

"During this journey we met many wonderful people who gave up their precious time to help us.

"These people provide volunteer services through Lagan Search and Rescue, Bangor Coastguard and Community Rescue Service".

He added: "We will forever be indebted to them for their tireless work and for the support they gave us through this very difficult time.

"They are true heroes.

"We are just so glad to get him back. God help the families who have loved ones missing."

He also called on anyone thinking of committing suicide to reach out for help.

"Talk to somebody and seek some help.

"I know it's not easy," he added.

Mr Conlon's family has asked for donations to be made in lieu of to Lagan Search and Rescue or The British Red Cross.

In a funeral notice, his family wrote: "Deeply regretted by his sorrowing partner, son, daughter and entire family circle.

"Sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul."

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