“Another star in the sky” is how little Callum Logue from Limavady was affectionately described to those who had been touched by the much-loved youngster, and who had gathered on Sunday to say farewell.
Five-year-old Callum – who was registered blind – lost his fight with a rare condition called Septo-Optic Dysplasia on New Year’s Eve, a condition which he had fought since he was a toddler.
Callum’s devoted parents, Emma and Gerard had researched their son’s condition, determined to do all they could to help their “always smiling” son.
The community, far and wide – from Donegal, throughout the Roe Valley and around the North Coast – rallied in response, raising tens of thousands of pounds needed for Callum’s treatment.
Last year, Callum received that treatment, but sadly, he died on New Year’s Eve.
On Sunday afternoon, underneath the fading winter light, Tamlaghfinlagan Church in Ballykelly was overflowing with mourners attending a thanksgiving service for the life of Callum Patrick Logue.
Church of Ireland Canon Harold Given told the hundreds of people who packed into in the church and also the adjacent hall that: “Callum was, and is a gift from God”.
Those in attendance, he said, had come with a heavy heart, with mixed emotions and heavy tears to “say farewell to our little brother Callum”.
“I’m sure many are here with questions. Most of them can probably be summed up in one word - why?” said Canon Given.
“I don’t propose to answer any of those questions; even supposing I could but, one day we will know.”
Canon Given referred to the many people Callum had touched in his short life; “more than most of us will do in a much longer lifetime”.
“He inspired many as they witnessed his courage in facing so many of life’s trials. He brought light into the darkness of so many people’s lives. His smile brightened many a face.
“His life caused hearts to blossom in the hearts of all who knew him...
“Today there is another angel in Heaven. Today there is another star in the sky. May he rest in peace and rise again.”
Callum, over two years, attended nursery at Rossmar Special School in Limavady.
Rossmar principal Brian McLaughlin paid a heartfelt tribute to Callum, who he described as “a lovely youngster”.
“Callum was always cheerful, and I think a fair tribute to him is the state of the staff who worked with him who were so affected by the fighting spirit of a lovely little boy,” Mr McLaughlin told the ‘Journal’.
Mr McLaughlin said on the days when Callum had attended nursery “he lit the place up”.
“He was a shining light in the nursery when he was here, and he was always bright, laughing and giggling.”
Mr. McLaughlin said, on behalf of the Rossmar family, he offered his deepest condolences to Callum’s parents, Emma and Gerard and the wider family circle.
“Callum will be sadly missed,” said Mr. McLaughlin.
The family have asked that donations, if desired, be made to Ward 6 at Altnagelvin Hospital, or PICU Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children. Cheques should be made payable to Browns Funeral Directors, 25 Church Street, Limavady.