The heartbroken wife of a young father-of-one who died tragically on Tuesday has asked for everyone to “give my boy the send off he deserves”.
Christopher Dowdall, who lived in Dundalk but formerly of Killeen in Co Armagh, was just 32-years-old.
His wife, Christine, raised the alarm after he set off for work in Mullaghbawn but never arrived. A missing persons search ensued but tragically, Christopher’s body was discovered at Flagstaff, in south Armagh.
His passing has sent shockwaves across the community on both sides of the border.
Posting on social media, his devastated wife Christine, said: “Everyone who is attending Christopher’s funeral please wear whatever you’re comfortable in, lovely vibrant colours, let’s celebrate our Christopher’s life like he would want us to. All his boys, you know who you are, get your farmer caps at the ready, your brown boots on and let’s give my boy the send of he deserves. Let’s make this one to remember.”
A funeral notice said Christopher was also a devoted daddy of his baby girl, Bonnie. He is predeceased by his father in-law Alfie Cooney, his grannies Maura and Luthea and his best friend, Brian.
He will be sadly missed and remembered with love by his heartbroken wife and daughter, father Benny, his mother Martina and her husband Tom, sisters Joanne, Sinéad and Grainne, grand-fathers Desmond Loye and Owen Dowdall, mother in-law Patricia, brothers and sisters in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family relatives, wonderful friends and neighbours.
Reposing at his home in Lennonstown Manor, Red Barns Road from Thursday, 12 noon to 8pm. Removal on Friday morning at 10.30am proceeding on foot the Red Barns entrance then driving to St. Joseph’s Redemptorist Church arriving for Funeral Mass at 11 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery Dundalk.
House strictly private for family only on Friday morning by family request.
Mass can be viewed by the Church webstream link here.