Sunday 17 December 2017

Marie Fleming: 'Thank you for loving me, for carrying me, and for making sure my voice was heard'

Partner Tom Curran with Marie's son Simon and daughter Corrinna at the funeral of Marie Fleming at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Castlemacadam, Avoca, Co Wicklow. Picture: Arthur Carron/Collins
Partner Tom Curran with Marie's son Simon and daughter Corrinna at the funeral of Marie Fleming at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Castlemacadam, Avoca, Co Wicklow. Picture: Arthur Carron/Collins
Mourners carry the coffin of Marie Fleming
Tom Curran's son David at the funeral of Marie Fleming
Marie Fleming with her partner Tom Curran at their home in Co Wicklow
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

THE immense flame of Marie Fleming's love wasn't extinguished even after her valiant heart was finally stilled in the early hours of Friday morning when she died in the arms of the man she called her "soulmate", Tom Curran.

For she had left behind a letter, an eloquent outpouring of gratitude and affection for her devastated family and friends, a final comforting hug for everyone she held dear.

Her daughter Corrinna read out this last letter from the altar at Marie's funeral Mass in Wicklow, explaining that although she had prepared her mother's eulogy in her head so many times over, her mind had been left "completely blank with grief".

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