Derry dad’s death leaves ‘a lifetime of sadness’

The funeral cortege of Christopher McGaughey makes its way to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Trench Road on Sunday afternoon. 0811JM50

The funeral cortege of Christopher McGaughey makes its way to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Trench Road on Sunday afternoon. 0811JM50

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A father-of-two stabbed to death in the city last weekend was devoted to his wife and children, a priest has told his funeral Mass.

Chris McGaughey (56), from Celadine Court in Gobnascale, was stabbed in the stomach at Hollymount Park in the early hours of Sunday, October 30.

A 31-year-old local man has since appeared in court charged with his murder.

Rev. Michael Canny, who officiated at Sunday’s Requiem Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, described Mr. McGaughey’s death as “tragic and untimely.”

“For Georgina (wife), Christina and James (children) and the extended family, it is a time of untold pain and disbelief,” he said.

“You are paralysed in disbelief that the life of Chris, who is so special to you, has been taken away.

“His death is a reminder of the beauty of life but also of its fragility.”

Rev. Canny spoke of Mr. McGaughey as a devoted family man whose children “were the most important people in his life.”

“To them he was their hero, always bestowing an abundance of love and support to them.

“During the summer holidays, he loved nothing more than getting the caravan ready and taking to the roads with Georgina, Christina, James and members of the extended family.

“Spending quality time with them was what was important to him. Those days were the happiest days of his life.”

Rev. Canny described Mr. McGaughey, who was born in the Ardkill area of Ardmore, as a “man of faith”.

“He believed that, when life on this earth is overm a new life begins as we continue our journey towards living with God forever.

“It is this faith that gives us courage, comfort and strength at this difficult time.”