Mourners say fond farewell at the funeral of football star Ray Treacy
Published 15/04/2015 | 02:30
Always entertaining, never dull and simply great company.
Former Ireland football international Ray Treacy was remembered fondly at his funeral mass at the Church of St Laurence O'Toole, in Kilmacud, Dublin.
Inside the church, the coffin was adorned by white lillies, and a photo of Mr Treacy, who died at the age of 68 last Friday.
The Dubliner scored five goals in 42 appearances for his country, and there was a massive turnout to say farewell.
Mr Treacy ran a travel agency primarily for Irish soccer fans prior to his retirement.
He is survived by his wife Jenny, and four children, Lisa, Karen, John and Gary.
The mourners were led by Mr Treacy's family, and his two sons paid a warm tribute. John recalled how Ray choked up at the end of speeches at family weddings.
"Always entertaining, never dull, as a friend of mine put it the other day, he was simply great company."
He said that in a strange way, his father's final 10 days in hospital, in palliative care in the end, were at times joyful.
"We've laughed through the tears," he said. "It was nice to have this time to tell Dad how much we loved him, and how much we will miss him. But to be honest, he already knew.
"As a family we were never afraid to tell him how much we loved him when he was healthy. So I think today is a time to be happy that we had all these years with him."
His brother Gary said that the amount of goodwill, best wishes and stories that have been received by the family over the past few days have made them realise just how much Ray was loved and appreciated.
"These memories will be forever treasured by the family.
"He was an example to everyone of how to live a life. He was honest, loyal and proud, mischievous without being offensive, loving without being smothering, and happy instead of sad. It was simple. If only we could all live like that."
"Rest easy Ray, we love you Dad," Gary said, as the congregation broke into applause.