Tuesday 18 September 2018

Three children heartbroken after their 'devoted' parents die from cancer within months of each other

Karen and Ed Stewart. Picture: Gofundme
Karen and Ed Stewart. Picture: Gofundme

Ian Begley

Three children have been left heartbroken after their parents died from cancer just two months apart.

Beloved mum of three Karen Stewart (36), passed away peacefully on Friday after fighting the disease for the third time.

Karen’s death comes just ten weeks after her husband Ed (42) died from pancreatic cancer – three months after he was diagnosed.

The devoted couple left behind three young children - Erin (4), Finn (8) and Keeva (10).

A large crowd gathered at the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Darndale yesterday to say farewell to Karen.

Her family and close friends donned pink scarfs with pictures of the brave mum on their jumpers as a touching tribute.

The remains of Karen Stewart leave the following her funeral
The remains of Karen Stewart leave the following her funeral

After the ceremony, Karen was laid to rest at Fingal Cemetery.

Maureen O’Halloran, a close friend of Karen, helped set up a hugely popular fundraising campaign for the couple’s children.

In total, the Gofundme post has raised more than €42,000 since it was set up in August.

Ms O’Halloran told the Herald that Karen and Ed’s children are now in the best of care.

“Before Ed died he made arrangements that his brother and wife will look after the kids together,” she said.

“They were both determined not to separate them between the family. There is nothing that will ever replace their wonderful parents, but it’s great to know that the children have a great family to take care of them,” she said.

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Ms O’Halloran, who is a well-known stylist, said that Karen was determined to keep the donation page open until it reached its €100,000 target.

“She was very aware what was going to happen to her, but wanted to raise as much money as possible for her children’s future.

“The donations will be put in a trust fund and will help them so much in years to come,” she said.

Ms O’Halloran added that Karen also lost her father earlier this year.

“The family have been through so much recently,” she said.

“Karen was the strongest woman I’ve ever known and never gave up, but when Ed died it did something to her.

“She lost her rock and the two were totally crazy for one another.

“Nevertheless, myself and Karen had a great laugh together before she died. We were cracking up about all sorts of things – you would easily forget that she was sick at all.” 

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