Sunday 18 March 2018

'May he entertain heaven as he did us' - Family pay tribute to Irish boy (8) drowned in US

A photo of the rescue effort in Wareham. Photo: Barnstable Sheriffs Office
A photo of the rescue effort in Wareham. Photo: Barnstable Sheriffs Office

Claire Fox

The family of an Irish boy who died after he became trapped under a capsized boat in Massachusetts have paid tribute to their beloved son.

Harry O'Connor (8) had been travelling with a group of 12 people, including his parents, on a 23-foot Four Winns Bowrider when the vessel capsized near Hog Island channel on Wednesday.

He was trapped underwater for around 24 minutes before he was rescued by a diver.

The family announced his death last night in a heartbreaking post online.

"The death has occurred of Harry O' Connor following a tragic accident, Harry beloved son of Paudie O'Connor and Laura Lenehan and loving brother of Ellen, Charlie and Joe.

"He will be sadly missed by his grandparents Pat and Marie, Margaret and the late Johnny, aunts, uncles, his cousins and a large circle of friends and neighbours. May he entertain heaven as he did us." 

The boy who is originally from Clonmel, Co Tipperary, lived with his parents Paudie O' Connor and Laura Lenehan and three siblings Ellen, Charlie and Joe.

The family will return home to lay Harry to rest and the funeral will be held in mum Laura's native Duleek, Co Meath on Thursday.

Anne Wilson, a local school's superintendent, expressed condolences in a district wide e-mail on Sunday afternoon. Harry was in third grade at Nixon Elementary School in Sudbury.

She wrote: “Nothing compares to the grief and sadness of losing a child.

“While the family is the most impacted, many others share in the profound sadness of this tragic event.”

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