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Friday 19 September 2014

Sons meant everything to gentle giant Geoffrey

Published 01/01/2014 | 05:20

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The late Geoffery Thornton

THE sudden death at the age of 36 of Geoffrey Thornton, 18, Riverwell Close, Toberona and formerly Drumnasillagh, Ravensdale was a numbing shock for his family as he was the third member in his family to pass away in just over a decade.

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Geoffrey was a gentle giant whose sons meant everything to him. He had a quiet demeanor but had a wide circle of friends and his demise after a very short illness caused widespread sorrow and evoked deep sympathy for his two young sons, Shane and Cono, parents, Veronica and Peter, partner, Sharon Casey and lone surviving sibling, Nigel, along with Sharon's girls, Ciara, Shannon, Chelsey and Naoise and extended family.

Geoffrey's family resided in Beechmount Drive, Cox's Demesne and when he was aged two moved to Drumnasillagh. He attended Dulargy National School and then Bush Post Primary and followed his passion for cars to qualify as a motor mechanic studying at Newry Technical College while serving his time in Goss's in Newry.

He spent 12 years working with the firm. He settled down to marry and had two sons and lived in Mayobridge for a few years.

He then moved back to Dundalk and secured an apartment at Riverwell Close to reside with his two sons and then met his partner Sharon Casey. In the last while he gained employment in Tool Fix, Dublin Street and was immensely happy at his work He was a talented footballer, who played both soccer and gaelic in his younger years, with his preference for the latter, turning out with Valley Rangers. But he was forced to quit playing in his early teens. He also was a very accomplished swimmer.

His big hobby was cars and rallying and was very interested in diffing.

Geoffrey's family are most appreciative of the care and attention of the ambulance personnel and of the doctors and staff when Geoffrey was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, and for the kindness and support they received over the wake and funeral ceremonies. He was predeceased by sister Pamela in 1971, along with brother Brian in 2002 and sister Margaret in 2009.

Geoffrey is survived by his sons, Shane and Conor, beloved partner, Sharon Casey and girls, parents, Peter and Veronica, brother, Nigel and Cindy, uncles, aunts, nieces, Amy and Savanna, nephews, Aaron, Dylan, Brooklyn, grandnephews, Lucas, Calum and Logan, relatives and a large circle of friends.

He was predeceased by sister Pamela in 1971, along with brother Brian in 2002 and sister Margaret in 2009.

After reposing at his parents home at Drumnasillagh, Geoffrey's remains were removed to St. Joseph's Church, Castletown for Requiem Mass which was followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. The celebrant was Rev. Fr. Vinnod who also gave the eulogy. Also in attendance at the funeral ceremonies were Very Rev. Fr. Griffin, Very Rev. C. McElwee and Very Rev. Padraig Murphy PP., Ravensdale The Readings were given by brother. Nigel and niece. Amy, while the Prayers of Intercession were led by Shannon and Naoise.

The Offertory Gifts and those that symbolised Geoffrey's life were presented at the altar by parents, Peter and Veronica and sons, Shane and Conor.

Nephew, Aaron shared a Communion Reflection with the congregation.

The beautiful music was provided by soloist, Susan Dixon and organist, Brendan McCourt.

Month's Mind Mass is on Sunday, January 12th at 11.30 am in St. Joseph's Church, Castletown.

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