Tuesday 17 September 2019

Tyler's dying wish granted

Teenager's wish for a Lamborgini is granted for funeral cortege

Tyler Murphy with his beloved pet Spike.
Tyler Murphy with his beloved pet Spike.

Brendan Keane

A dying wish was granted for Clonroche teenager Tyler Murphy when a convoy of supercars accompanied his funeral cortège amid heartbreaking scenes in the village on Saturday.

Tyler (16), was laid to rest in Cloughbawn cemetery following 11 a.m. mass in St Clement's Church.

The teenager passed away at his home at 38 Canon Murphy Park, Clonroche, on Thursday, August 29.

An appeal made by relatives and friends of the teenager on social media for supercar owners to provide a guard of honour at his funeral received a great response with some of the high-powered car owners in attendance travelling from as far away as Galway and Leitrim to help fulfill the family's wishes.

'Tyler was mad about supercars,' his grandmother, Mag, told this newspaper.

Cars from the Cannonball Run were part of the cortège and the family has also been notified that Cannonball UK are going to make a tribute video to Tyler in the coming weeks.

'There were cars, motorbikes and quads at the funeral,' said Mag.

Many local car owners also attended to help with the vehicular guard of honour.

Tyler loved luxury and had a long term plan of having lots of money, a Lamborghini and a mansion, when he grew up.

During his requiem mass close family friend, Frances Redmond, read a eulogy outlining aspects of his life to the mourners in attendance.

When Tyler was only 10-years-of-age his older brother, Leon, who was 12, passed away. Tyler's sister, Jasmine, also passed away when she was just 8-months-old.

There was an immensely strong bond between Tyler and Leon and the mourners were told that Tyler was now 'back with his best friend'.

Born on May 30, 2003, Tyler had many nicknames and he was immensely proud of his ginger hair.

He went to Clonroche National School for two years and then to Lady of Fatima school and that was where he learned to cook.

Food was a particular passion for Tyler and he loved steak which was in keeping with his interest in the finer things in life.

'He loved going on holiday and really loved staying in hotels,' said his grandmother, Mag.

With a passion for gaming Tyler used the name Arisen Gorilla when playing on X-Box.

He also had a YouTube channel, from which he planned to make millions.

Tyler was also interested in music and in particular remix dance music.

Like many young people his age he loved online shopping and would regularly order things off the internet.

Last July he received a pug, which he named Spike, from the Make A Wish Foundation.

The two were inseparable and as Frances informed the mourners during her eulogy only family members were allowed to touch him and that rule was something that his little sister, Mia, promised she will ensure is adhered to.

During the mass items representing Tyler's life were brought up the church including his X-Box controller to represent his love of gaming and in particular Fortnite and Mindcraft.

A photo of Spike was also brought up as well as a YouTube sign and a scratch card; Tyler always hoped he would win a big prize on them.

Tyler was also a huge bingo fan and attended the local session in the Cloch Ban on Monday nights and a bingo book was brought up as a symbol of that aspect of his life.

A fishing rod was also presented to remember how he used to go fishing with his granddad Willie and cooking utensils were presented to mark his love of cooking and fine food.

Tyler loved his trip to school on the bus when he would have great craic with his friends.

While he liked being around other people Tyler also liked his own company and in his beloved Spike he truly had a best friend.

The high regard in which the Murphy family is held was underlined by the support they received following Tyler's passing from within the community.

His grandmother, Mag, also acknowledged the support and help the nurses in St Gabriel's Ward in Wexford General Hospital gave to Tyler in recent weeks and the family asked that donations, if desired, be given to the ward.

Outgoing and funny, Tyler loved to joke and have a bit of craic.

However, he also knew his mind and as Mag said: 'If he was set on something that was it'.

Following the funeral mass Tyler's remains were laid to rest beside those of his brother and sister in Cloughbawn cemetery.

Tyler was a loving grandson of Willie and Mag, son of Annette, Sli an Uisce, brother of Derek, Mia, Lily, Mason, Daisy and the late Jasmine and Leon.

He is sadly missed by his family, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Gorey Guardian