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'Three families have suffered an unbearable loss'- Priest tells mourners at funeral of US family killed in Wexford crash

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Pictured: The Alexander family, including Doug Sr, Lily, Doug Jr and Stephen

Pictured: The Alexander family, including Doug Sr, Lily, Doug Jr and Stephen

Pictured: The Alexander family, including Doug Sr, Lily, Doug Jr and Stephen

MOURNERS from both sides of the Atlantic gathered in Wexford today for the funeral mass of four family members from the US who were tragically killed in a car accident earlier this month.

Doug and Lily Alexander, both 75, died alongside their adult sons, Stephen and Doug Junior, in a road accident on the N25 near Cushinstown in Co Wexford on December 4.

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Wexford road crash victims Doug Alexander and Lily Alexander

Wexford road crash victims Doug Alexander and Lily Alexander

Wexford road crash victims Doug Alexander and Lily Alexander

The family of four lived in Oakland, near Chicago, and had been in the country following the death of Mrs Alexander's sister Winnie Keevey.

In their funeral mass in Cushinstown, New Ross today Bishop Denis Brennan told mourners that the families were united across the Atlantic in love.

"The tragedy which unfolded here last Monday has touched and saddened the whole country.

"The three families have suffered an unbearable loss. Four people who loved you deeply have been taken from you in an instant.

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US policeman Stephen Alexander who died in a car crash in Wexford

US policeman Stephen Alexander who died in a car crash in Wexford

US policeman Stephen Alexander who died in a car crash in Wexford

"You also mourn for Winnie and we remember her today as well."

Father Seán Devereux said the family have been left "wondering if this darkness will ever pass".

"A journey to grieve a sister, sister in law, and aunt ended abruptly.

"Doug and Lily lived the American dream.  They went to the US to build a life for themselves and through hard work they did this. But they also enjoyed life moments and your memories spoken about them over the past week tell of a couple who shared what they had with others.  They were generous to the end.

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"Doug Jnr had traits of both his parents.  He enjoyed life and was hard working.  He brought joy to others through music and had a generous spirit.

"Steve served his community as a police officer and helped to make dreams come through with his workforce through service provided to the Special Olympics.  He gave hope to so many young athletes as he encouraged them to achieved their dream.

"Four people with individual gifts that they did not box up and use only for themselves but shared with family, friends and with the community. They will live on as you remember their goodness, kindness and selflessness."


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