Sunday 18 February 2018

Slain mum 'had a radiant smile and a glint in her eye'

Friends and family comfort each other at the funeral of Lynn Cassidy
Friends and family comfort each other at the funeral of Lynn Cassidy
Lynn Margaret Cassidy
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

A MOTHER-OF-FOUR who died violently in her home has been remembered as a "loving and much loved woman who lived for her kids".

Lynn Cassidy was savagely beaten to death two days after her 50th birthday.

Her body was discovered last Friday on the floor of a downstairs room in the Deepdales estate, at Southern Cross Road, Bray, Co Wicklow.

Her 21-year-old son Bijan Afshar has been charged with her murder.

Despite applying to the High Court for compassionate bail so that he could pay his respects at the funeral, as per the family's wishes, he was not in attendance yesterday.

The Victorian Chapel at Mount Jerome Crematorium was never going to be large enough to contain the grief of a whole community.

A respectful silence fell over the mourners as Ms Cassidy's coffin was brought into the 19th century chapel to the strains of Annie Lennox's 'No More I Love Yous'.

People of all ages wept openly as around 200 mourners knelt in quiet prayer reflecting on such a terrible loss.

The humanist ceremony was a blend of music and stories designed to "pay tribute and celebrate an incredible life".

There were flickers of smiles for this relentlessly "positive" woman as well as the inevitable tears, as her family, friends and dozens of total strangers said a fond farewell.

Humanist celebrant Billy Hutchinson acknowledged the devastation felt at Ms Cassidy's death, commenting that she had so much of life ahead of her.

"Lynn was lively, with intelligent quips, and a particular style of irreverent and off-the-wall humour," he said.

"She had a spring in her step and there was no way you could be sad when she was around.

"She was vivacious, intelligent and warm; someone with a radiant smile and glint in her eye. One thing was constant throughout the chronicle of her 50 years – her infectious smile."

Her sister Edel passed away almost exactly two years ago, while her mother Aileen died just six months ago.

The voice of her devastated brother Michael quivered as he delivered an emotional tribute. "This is the third time in the space of two years that I've been standing up in these circumstances talking about one of my family," he said.

"We are all devastated by this. She was an ebullient character who was full of life – and lived as if each day was her last."

Irish Independent

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