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Tragic crash victim Michael Ginesi's memory will be treasured, funeral told

By Gillian Halliday

A Lurgan chef who was killed in a crash at the weekend was "a wonderful father" who had an immense gift for working with young people, mourners at his funeral were told.

Popular father-of-four Michael Ginesi died when the vehicle he was driving hit a tree on the Annesborough Road, Lurgan, in the early hours of Saturday.

It is understood the crash happened as he was returning home from the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown, where he worked.

Hundreds of mourners attended St Peter's Church in Lurgan yesterday morning where they heard Fr Brian Fitzpatrick deliver a moving tribute in honour of the late 34-year-old.

At the start of the emotional service, Mr Ginesi's children, Jade, Tiernan, Ryan and Jessica, all laid special mementos in their father's memory in front of a framed photograph of the talented chef.

Fr Fitzpatrick said those mourning the loss of the local man were feeling a wealth of different emotions.

"So many emotions are present in this church today," said the priest.

"Deep sadness, shock, anger is being felt by many people, all brought together with a great sense of love for Michael.

"There is much to be thankful for in the life he lived.

"His smile - the stories that I've heard over the past couple of days are of a person who was socially engaging, and someone who attracted people with his smile."

Praising Mr Ginesi's "great gift" as a coach for young people at Oxford Sunnyside Football Club in Lurgan, Fr Fitzpatrick added that the loving father had "lived a life too short" but that it was one which had been full of fun.

"His memory will be treasured for some time to come," he continued.

"His Facebook photos are a measure of his pride for his children and they will be hearing stories for the years to come of their wonderful daddy. He was infectious with his good humour and almost childlike in his ability to not hold a grudge."

Following Requiem Mass, members of Oxford Sunnyside flanked the hearse as it slowly made its way through the town to St Colman's Cemetery, where the young father was laid to rest.

Mr Ginesi, who is predeceased by his mother, Deirdre, and sister, Nicola, is survived by his father, Ralph, children Jade, Tiernan, Ryan and Jessica, sister Ann and brother Ralph as well as the wider family circle.

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