'We love you loads' - family in emotional farewell to Adam McCormack (15)
Published 04/02/2016 | 10:08
Hundreds of people turned out to honour a "one-of-a-kind" teenager who died in his sleep last week.
Adam McCormack (15) passed away suddenly at his south Belfast home last Friday.
Hundreds of people joined the funeral service at Milltown Baptist Church to say goodbye to the young Breda Academy pupil and to support his mum Lynn, dad Gary, sister Jourdan and brother Matthew.
School friends wept and held each other as they remembered the unique sense of humour that made him special.
Leading the service, Pastor William Warren said that Adam loved to laugh and that the family wanted the day to be a celebration of his life.
Jourdan spoke on behalf of the devastated family and described him as a much loved brother, son and uncle.
She told the congregation how they loved playing jokes on their mum together, and how Adam cared for his young niece and nephew.
She said:"The memories I have I will never forget. You were taken far too soon. You had your whole life ahead of you. You will never be forgotten. We love you loads. Sweet dreams."
His cousin David said: "I see today as less of a funeral and more of a celebration of the life of Adam. He was witty and loved by everyone. If there was just one word I could use to describe it, it would be 'unpredictable'."
He said he and Adam attended a youth group at the church called Dreamscheme. His friends and family said Dreamscheme was something that Adam really enjoyed and he looked forward to it every week.
David added: "If there was one thing that Adam loved, it was the company of his friends and family. The thought of going to Dreamscheme without him and the fact that we can't go down to our Nanny's and torture her is heartbreaking."
His cousin Lauren added: "Adam really was one of a kind. I am so glad I had the privilege of growing up with him. When our Nanny used to babysit us, the first thing David would ask was if she was minding Adam too, and if she was, we knew we were in for such a fun morning.
"Everyone knows there was never a dull moment with Adam."
Dreamscheme leader Andy McCormick told Adam's friends and relatives about his sense of fun, but also of his honest and reliable side, as he said he always owned up when he did something wrong.
Vice principal of Breda Academy Richard Massey spoke on behalf of the staff and students at the school where Adam was a Year 11 pupil.
He said Adam was a caring boy, and shared a letter from a parent about how Adam had helped their child, who was lost on their first day of school.
He also explained how Adam had grown in confidence in recent years and enjoyed having fun with everyone, including his teachers.
Breda Academy pupils have created a memorial tree at the school with messages in tribute to their friend, and the school has also opened a book of condolence.
Breda Academy was closed yesterday as a mark of respect and to allow staff and students to attend the funeral.
Hundreds of pupils turned out in their school uniform and formed a guard of honour as the funeral cortege made its way to Roselawn Cemetary for a committal service.
Pastor Warren said: "So many people have been touched by Adam's life and so many people have been affected by his sudden passing. On behalf of the family, I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support."