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Gary McLoughlin funeral: Son pays emotional tribute to ‘my best friend and biggest supporter’

The son of a Bessbrook man who died in a tragic road traffic collision last weekend paid an emotional tribute to his father – “my best friend” – during his funeral mass in Newry earlier today.

Gary ‘Cookie’ McLoughlin passed away after being struck by a vehicle on the Forkhill Road on Saturday evening.

The football fanatic – and keen Manchester United supporter – from the Mill Meadows area of the Model village was laid to rest following a funeral service at St Brigid’s Church on Thursday.

His cortège was greeted at the church by local football clubs such was his devotion to the sport in the local area.

His son, Matthew, an exciting young talent himself, reflected on his relationship with his dad – one that was unbreakable, in life and death.

“My dad was my best friend and my biggest supporter,” he said, as he battled back his tears.

He spoke of “our chats at the breakfast bar and singing songs together at the top of our voice.

“You always told me to be the best version of myself and always do what I want to do, not what someone else tells me to do.”

Matthew said: “I will continue to make you proud; thank you for believing in me, for your constant support and being my best friend.

“I will do my best to be as good as you, you absolute legend.”

Mourners were told how “Gary’s drive and ambition has enabled Matthew to develop his skills so far” and that their love for each other “has created a bond that can never be broken”.

Gary was laid to rest afterwards in Monkshill cemetery. May he Rest in Peace.

Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his son, mum, dad, aunts, uncles, cousins and the entire family circle and friends.

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