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In memory of Brendan McKeown

In memory of Brendan McKeown.

1944 - 21st Dec 2022.

St. Patrick and St. Colman's Church, Laurencetown

Celebrant: Fr. Des Loughran

Life is full of little reminders. The crib before us, reminds us of our early journeys to the church as a child when we were brought to see the crib, and the coffin reminds us of our final journey to the church when we are brought back again to that place where we first encountered God at Baptism.

Seventy-eight years ago, Brendan was brought to the church as a little child to be baptized and so began his life as a child of God.

Today Brendan is brought back to the church as the child of God he was by the way he lived his life to be assisted by our prayers as he leaves this earth to go on ahead of us to heaven as Jesus promised.

Our life’s journey and our faith journey more often than not begin and end in the same church.

Brendan was born in Lisnafiffy in 1944 to the parents of Mary and Henry and he was one of eight children. Brendan went to primary school in Laurencetown and then to secondary school in St Patrick’s Banbridge.

Upon leaving school Brendan entered the building trade and eventually set up business with Paddy Kelly and then in time Brendan went to work for Lilburn Contracts up until he retired at 64 years of age. During his time at work in 1965 love entered his life in the shape of Pauline and they married in 1967 and five very handsome sons were born.

Brendan was a family man. He enjoyed his home and family and in time his grandchildren too.

Brendan enjoyed hunting and shooting (animals that is) He enjoyed a pint or two in McFlynn’s or Lavery’s as it was more affectionately known, in earlier days.

Brendan played darts. He was a Man United fan, God bless him, he enjoyed boxing, but most of all Brendan enjoyed the sea.

He loved to travelled along the coast road to Newcastle beach which he did most weekends right up until he could drive any more.  

He loved his country and western music, listening to Kenny Rogers and Hugo Dunkin and Brendan loved to go to Saturday night Mass which he was faithful too.

But today is in a sense our day too, because it is our last time and moment with Brendan and as we perform our last Christian act of love for him, that of laying his body to rest in Mother Earth, and let go of him in all ways earthly too, we simply pray that Brendan will be received in all ways heavenly into the Father’s mansion of many rooms.

And as we bid farewell to a husband, a daddy, a grandfather, a brother, a brother-in-law, a neighbour and a friend we do so in thanksgiving for all that he was to us and for us.

And until it comes our time to be with Brendan again, let us simply pray.

Eternal rest grant unto Brendan, O Lord…

I just want to take a moment to offer my sympathies to Brendan’s wife, Pauline and to all their sons of Paul, Martin, Sean, Mark and Kieran and to all his daughters-in-law Janine, Barbara, Caroline, Emma and Rachel. And to all Brendan’s grandchildren, Carter, Jordan, Lee, Ryan, Reece, Ollie and Tammy. To all of Brendan’s sisters and brothers, Maureen, Rita, Geraldine, Kieran, Dominic and Kenneth and to all the brothers and sisters-in-law of Paddy, Vincent, Carmel, Marie and Sammy and to the Brendan’s nieces and nephews assuring you of my prayers and support.

 

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