Patrick Friel Curran was only 23 years-old when he died of blood poisoning in New York last year.
Patrick’s father, Damien, was devastated at the loss of his son but said he was comforted when he heard friends of Patrick’s were running the Omagh half marathon in his memory.
“I think it says a lot about our Patrick and his friends when they are prepared to run for him.
“Our Patrick was an avid runner. He ran in the London and Derry marathons and before his death last September he was in training for the New York marathon too.
“Patrick was a big part of our family and he will never ever be forgotten. The people of Derry were so supportive of us when Patrick passed away and that’s something I will never forget,” said Damien.
Before leaving Derry for New York last year, Patrick worked in local city centre restaurant, ‘Fitzroys’ for seven years.
One of Patrick’s former colleagues was John Storey. When asked to describe Patrick, John said he had a knack of putting him in a good mood when his spirits were low.
“Patrick was inspirational so that’s why we are all running in Omagh at the weekend.
“I worked many times with Patrick and he was an absolute delight.
“Patrick always had smile on his face and whether I wanted to or not, he was always able to cheer me up when I was in a bad mood.
“Patrick was very popular when he worked at Fitzroys and we were all devastated when we heard about his death but as Damien said, hopefully by setting up the Patrick Friel Curran memorial fund we can help to create something positive out of this tragic time,” he said.
The Patrick Friel Curran memorial fund was set-up by Patrick’s father and his step-mother, Lorraine Curran.
All of the monies raised from those taking part in the Omagh half marathon will go towards helping those experiencing the loss of a loved one in Derry and Donegal.
The Patrick Friel Curran memorial fund will also be used to fund house building projects in areas of acute poverty in India.
“It’s all about creating a legacy for our Patrick. This isn’t a one off, we want to use Patrick’s memory in order to help others.
“I want to create something positive out of what happened,” said Damien.
If you would like to donate to the Patrick Friel Curran memorial fund contact John Storey at Fitzroy’s on 028 7126 6211