Portadown guy Aaron O’Neill was a super Armagh and Liverpool fan who experienced a ‘heart of gold’


Portadown gentleman Aaron O’Neill.

A priest instructed the packed congregation at St John the Baptist Church on the Garvaghy Road that Aaron had ‘a heart of gold’ and would under no circumstances see anyone caught.

An Irish soldier, his coffin was draped in the Irish tricolor with his Irish Army hat and gloves on top. A piper from the Irish Military was also in attendance.

Items introduced to the altar symbolizing his existence bundled his popular Armagh flag which was a tricolour with the phrase ‘Garvaghy Street Orangemen on Tour Again’, a relatives image which signifies his appreciate for his spouse Becky and the relatives, and an Only Fools and Horses mug which represents a image of Aaron’s persona and humour. Also a pair of his trainers which represents his enjoy of functioning and was a supply of treatment for him, a football and Liverpool jersey which represents his really like of sport and some betting slips as Aaron reported he was usually very blessed in lifestyle.

The priest instructed the congregation: “Past weekend, Aaron was in great sort right after his daughter’s workforce won the county championship. And so the 7 days commenced on a great superior. Anything was normal. But then last Wednesday it all changed.

“Aaron went out for a prolonged operate, arrived household and played with the young ones for a even though and then took a tub and then just collapse. In the blink of an eye and regardless of the greatest attempts of the unexpected emergency services Aaron was just snatched from us with the final result, there was no time to get ready. As an alternative we were being just flung, as it ended up, into a shocked, puzzled and numb point out trying to make sense of what has just occurred. It is as if we are living in two worlds both equally at the exact same time – the just before and after worlds.

“Aaron can only be described as a serious legitimate human being and gentleman, with a dazzling smile and a fantastic sense of humour, entire of lifetime, incredibly pleasant and experienced good self-assurance and belief. And if he gave his term he would stick to it no make any difference what.

“It was reported he was a wee rascal when he was young. But Aaron did have a existence altering encounter when he was just 15. He was quite sick and at initially medical doctors couldn’t discover what was completely wrong and his dad and mom had been instructed he was not ‘t going to are living. But then they uncovered a lump beneath his lung and eradicated it. That transformed his lifetime and perspective and he vowed to life his lifetime to the entire and constantly do a little something for those people in want. And he stored his word.

“As we all know, Aaron touched so lots of life in a optimistic way. But Aaron was also pretty fortunate in existence. Just one was that he constantly required to be a soldier and to turn out to be 1, he very first joined the Irish Naval Company. Just as time was operating out to come to be a soldier, he in some way managed to get a transfer from the Navy to the Military at a time when that was not really carried out. But it was when Aaron was based in Cork with the Navy that Aaron satisfied Becky and went on to turn into a loving and excellent father to his three small children and a good uncle.

“Sport was constantly a large portion of his lifetime and the GAA was a huge element of his identification. By means of the GAA he made many friends all above. He was a tremendous lover of Armagh and attended all the online games with his legendary flag, prepared on it ‘Garvaghy Street Orangemen on Tour Again’. Also the Armagh Ladies Staff for which his daughter played for the Below 18s Minimal Team. And it was stated in a Tweet about Aaron that his optimistic fandom was infectiously beneficial.

“Aaron was also a massive devoted fan of Liverpool which was a shared loved among him and his late father Seamus. He at the time headed above to Liverpool for a recreation but experienced no wherever to stay, then heard his mom had family in Liverpool. So Aaron just went up to the door, not being aware of them and obtained somewhere to keep.

“Most of us will recall Aaron for his heart of gold who cherished people and would under no circumstances see any individual caught. He didn’t care about your qualifications. If he could enable, he would. For illustration pals would occur to him for assist and he would kind it out. He mightn’t have known at the time just how but in some way he always managed to do it.

“He was also a significant advocate for different charities, the most significant just one to him was the Clodagh Daly Charity.

“And he would do all he could in the group, for example one time he uncovered a household for anyone and even helped them to transfer in. Throughout Covid he would supply out and even make masks and supply them.

“We can unquestionably say Aaron was a vibrant light-weight in an all much too frequently darkened planet who aided improve so many life for the better and he will be considerably missed by several, several men and women.”

Aaron O’Neill, of Rose Cottages, was the beloved husband of Rebecca (Becky), loving daddy of Caitlin, Saorla and Cushla, dearly liked son of Deirdre and the late Seamus, dear brother of Tracy and Cathy and a substantially-beloved uncle .

After the funeral Sinn Fein Cllr Paul Duffy mentioned: “Aaron will be really unfortunately missed. He experienced an vital influence on the complete community and he cared very deeply for his group and worked tricky for his neighborhood. My condolences to his wife Becky, young children and his full spouse and children at this unhappy time.”

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