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Tragic Lisa Gow so loving and caring, says heartbroken sister of Belfast death driver victim

Hundreds at funeral for victim of death driver

By Brett Campbell

Hundreds of mourners gathered in St Andrew's Church in Belfast yesterday to pay their respects to "loving and caring" mum-of-two Lisa Gow.

Rev Colin Duncan told those packed into the church in Glencairn that it was a solemn time to give thanks for a "bubbly and energetic" woman who lost her life in such "cruel" and "unjust" circumstances.

Rev Duncan said that while her death had darkened many hearts, it had also brought out the best in people.

"Lisa's death has been like a rock which was thrown into the middle of a still lake - the waves from that impact have spread out in all directions touching many hearts," Rev Duncan added.

Lisa died after being struck by a stolen car on the Ballysillan Road last Thursday morning.

Police denied being in pursuit of the Audi A4 at the time of the collision but the Police Ombudsman confirmed officers were "seconds" behind it. An investigation is ongoing.

The clergyman told the congregation: "There was no chance for goodbyes or final words of love and things remain unsaid in some hearts, I'm quite sure," he said.

As Lisa's distraught parents Agnes and Peter wept, her heartbroken sister Kellyann composed herself to pay tribute "to our angel" as her sister Becca stood by her side.

"Her number one priority was her two absolutely beautiful kids," she said.

"She made sure they wanted for nothing and we as a family will make sure that carries on."

Family and friends at the funeral of Lisa Gow at St Andrew’s Church in Glencairn, west Belfast, yesterday
Family and friends at the funeral of Lisa Gow at St Andrew’s Church in Glencairn, west Belfast, yesterday
Lisa Gow
Family and friends at the funeral of Lisa Gow at St Andrew’s Church in Glencairn, west Belfast, yesterday

Kellyann recalled how her sister had enjoyed parties and cocktails, but everything changed when she gave birth to Olivia (8) and Riley (5).

"She was so excited to become something she always wanted to be - a mother," she said.

She described her sister, who suffered from a heart murmur, as "loving, caring and full of energy" and said she was "fiercely protective" of everyone she loved.

"Lisa was our one to go to when something went wrong, but most of all she was always good for a gossip and was known to us as the 'Ballysillan Telegraph'," she said.

"We are going to miss those amazing blue eyes which were hidden behind three inches of glass. Eyes like Lisa's deserved to be framed."

Speaking on behalf of the entire family, including Lisa's partner John, Kellyann fought back tears as she said "no words can describe" the agony they have been forced to endure.

She said their focus now was on ensuring Olivia and Riley get "the upbringing that Lisa wanted so much for them".

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