Mourners flooded St Luke’s Church in North Dublin today to pay their respects for hit-and-run victim Karl Robertson – a man whose compassion for others “met no bounds”.
The 28-year-old from Castlekevin Road in Artane, was jogging when he was knocked down on Hazelwood Drive, not far from his home, last Wednesday evening.
A large crowd turned out to pay their respects, many of them being work colleagues of Karls from Dunnes Stores in Northside Shopping Centre. The retail staff donned their work uniforms and name badges, forming a guard of honour as the hearse arrived at the Kilmore based church.
His mother Kathy, father Tony and sister Niamh arrived in tears embracing each other as they entered the church.
Fr Gary Darby started the service by describing Karl as a man with “so much goodness and care”.
“We gather here this morning to offer the soul of a well-respected and loved young man into the loving presence of God.
“Before the unforeseen and tragic events of last Wednesday evening life for Karl, his parents, his sister, extended family and friends was very normal.
“Yet, without any sense of warning or preparation Karl was suddenly taken from this world. We at St Luke’s parish sympathise and walk-side-by-side in empathy with Karl’s family and friends.
“We do so in acknowledging the enormous impact it has had on the family and indeed on our community at large here in Kilmore.
“When a loved one is suddenly taken from this world it brings with it a sense of disbelief and numbness.
“Karl was a fantastic young man with a generous heart. He was family orientated, kind to people in his place of work and an all round balanced person with good values and principals in life,” he said.
The 28-year-old’s friends and family then presented a number of items by his coffin in remembrance of Karl’s life. These included a work shirt, an mp3 player and a coffee cup.
Karl’s godfather Freddie also spoke of his “quiet and generous” nature.
“I was always impressed by his calm and quiet manner. Karl was never any bother to his parents. He got on very well with his friends and neighbours alike. His compassion for other met no bounds.
“Soon after leaving school Karl found work in Dunnes and quickly settled into his new routine. He loved his work and co-workers – they were like a second family to him.
“Over time he developed an interest in computers, TVs and technology. He was simply brilliant in his understanding of new technology and assisted me and many others on many occasions on resolving both TV and computer issues,” he said.
The funeral also featured some of Karl’s favourite songs with renditions of David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ and ‘Let it be’ by The Beatles.
Karl was then laid to rest in Balgriffin Cemetery.
The driver of the Renault van that hit the 28-year-old did not stop at the scene and torched the vehicle soon after at Beechlawn Grove in Coolock. The driver later presented himself to gardai and made a statement. No arrests have been made to date.
Gardai are also appealing for a couple, a taxi driver and a man who were all at the scene where the incident took place to contact them.