Thursday 19 October 2017

'It's very hard not getting that hug every day' - family pay tribute to boy (13) who died suddenly while visiting his grandmother

Neighbours raised €7,000 for Jason Reddin's family after he died suddenly

Jason Reddin (13) who passed away on April 2 (picture courtesy of Reddin family)
Jason Reddin (13) who passed away on April 2 (picture courtesy of Reddin family)
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

The family of a teen boy who died suddenly while visiting his nanny have paid tribute to him as an "amazing person who always did what he set out to do".

Jason Reddin (13) passed away suddenly on April 2 while visiting his nanny.

His family suspect he died as a result of sudden death syndrome but are awaiting results of his post-mortem.

The youngster from Neilstown in Clondalkin, west Dublin was in second year in secondary school.

Jason Reddin (13) who passed away on April 2 (picture courtesy of Reddin family)
Jason Reddin (13) who passed away on April 2 (picture courtesy of Reddin family)

"Jason could get his own way with me more than any of his brothers or sisters," his mum Karen told Independent.ie

"He always gave me a hug everyday, it's very hard not getting that hug any more. His little brother David misses him a lot," she added.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to the community for all they have done I appreciate it very much."

He was visiting his grandmother, Marie, when he died.

The popular teen, who was sports mad, showed no signs of ill-health in the hours leading up to his death his family said.

Jason is survived by his mum Karen, step-dad Dave, his sisters Stephanie (19), Ashling (15), Joey (21) and nine-year-old David.

His sister Stephanie said that she "will always cherish our memories".

"I loved our hugs."

Meanwhile his sister Ashling's class from Fighting Words will dedicate a soon to be published book to him.

"He was extremely friendly, all my friends loved him and some even had a handshake with him," she said.

"I miss him loads, and I am grateful at my class's decision to dedicate our book, What's the Stories?, to the memory of him."

Ashling also thanked Gluais, a leadership programme and her teachers, for their help.

His brother, Joey, said his younger brother was "an amazing person" who "loved his sports, family and friends".

"He always did what he set out to do. He was loved by many and had some amazing friends.

"[He is] missed dearly by everyone. David his little brother misses him and wants him to know he is the best brother ever," he added.

"Jason was one of the funniest people you'd ever come across. I miss him so much and hope that wherever he is he is looking over us and still playing pranks on us," Joey added.

Past teachers of Jason and his siblings attended his funeral which was held in the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Rowlagh, along with dozens of friends and family members.

Jason played basketball with his school Collinstown Park Community College and  his schoolmates also acted as guard of honour during his funeral.

The local community in Clondalkin raised approximately €7,000 for Jason's family to help cover his funeral costs, something the family have expressed their gratitude for.

Family friend Linda McGowan led the charge for the fundraising.

Jason's cousin Jessica Fogarty Reddin said she has "no doubt he is dabbing away wherever he is".

"He was such a happy-go-lucky fella who is dearly missed by everyone," she said.

"He was such a kind a gentle young soul, that had the time of day for anybody. You couldn't fault him in any way. The one thing we will all miss seeing is his cheeky little smile that allowed him away with anything.

"Anybody who had the pleasure of knowing Jason knew he was such an energetic and optimistic young lad who had so much potential for the future.

"He sadly got taken away from us far too young. I'll miss the little laughs we'd have in our nanny's together...everyone should cherish each and every moment they have with the people they love, because in a split second it can be taken away from you and can leave the family heartbroken, just like it has ours," she said.

"We were blessed with having Jason as our own. He'd brighten up any room with his cheeky little smile and witty banter."

His uncle, Wayne, also expressed his gratitude to the community for their response after Jason's death.

The family also extended their gratitude to Wayne for trying to save Jason and the paramedics who attended the scene and the Clarion Hotel.

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