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Mourners carry the coffin of stabbing victim Gerry Fortune

Mourners carry the coffin of stabbing victim Gerry Fortune

Mourners carry the coffin of stabbing victim Gerry Fortune

A Dublin grandfather stabbed to death at his home last month has been remembered as a man who saw good in everyone and whose care for people in his life was paramount.

Gerry Fortune (63) was killed at his home in Rutland Grove, Crumlin, on August 19.

His son David (31) has been charged with his murder.

At St Bernadette's Church in Crumlin yesterday, Mr Fortune's family, neighbours and colleagues at St James's Hospital where he worked as a care assistant were all prayed for.

"The shock of Gerry's death has stunned the whole community," said Fr Brian Lawless.

"For all who knew Gerry, a man full of life and vitality, this occasion has an air of unreality about it. We cannot believe what has happened, and for his family also it is a most difficult and tragic event."

Mourners heard how Mr Fortune was a man who took pride in his appearance.

Symbols of his life brought to the altar were his Brylcreem and his comb, his toothbrush and toothpaste and his shoe polish and brush.

"Gerry was someone who could always be depended upon. A father and grandfather who loved his family. They were the centre of his life," Fr Lawless said.

Speaking of his work at St James's Hospital, he added: "Those acts of kindness and generosity were the reality of his daily living and speak volumes about the kind of person that Gerry was. Gerry went far beyond the remit of his work."

At the end of the mass, Mr Fortune's daughter, Leona Lambe, told a story she had learned while reading through her father's personal belongings after his death.

Mr Fortune had written about growing up the son of a soldier in Inchicore. He had six sisters and two brothers and they lived in a two-bed house.

"My father's wages weren't great, we lived poorly," he wrote.

Outlook

Ms Lambe said her father had once given the local rag man his mother's favourite coat, for which he was given two ball-oons and a whistle in exchange.

Mr Fortune's parents were going on a rare night out and his mother was so happy, until she found out where her coat was.

Another family member said: "Gerry was a kind, caring man. He once said to me no matter who it is, man, woman or child, there is always some goodness inside of them. This was Gerry's outlook through life."


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