Hundreds pay respects as Patricia is laid to rest

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Hundreds of family and friends attended the funeral of Patricia Duffy at the Long Tower Church yesterday.

The 65 year-old was on her way back home from Mass in the chapel on Saturday morning when she was tragically knocked down and killed.

Family from England, America and Canada were amongst those attending yesterday morning’s funeral mass along with her daughter Maria and grandchildren Sarah-Louise, Amy, Jessica, Megan and Paul.

Fr Gerard Mongan said the family could take some comfort from the fact that Pat had spent her last hour at Mass.

“St Patrick’s Day is meant to be a happy occasion, and Patricia was so looking forward to spending it with her grandchildren,” he said.

“Today, we are lost in a sea of emotions and words ultimately fail to describe how everyone affected by her untimely passing must feel right now.

“I know that Patricia’s family have drawn a little comfort in knowing that she spent her last moments doing what she loved - being with the Lord at Mass and offering a lighted candle that reflected the prayers and intentions that were closest to her heart that morning.”

Pat was a keen ten-pin bowler and had represented Northern Ireland and after a gap of two years, she had been due to return for a match in Coleraine on Sunday.

“What brought her family great pride was when she wore that green shirt representing Northern Ireland at International level on numerous occasions and participated in local leagues and tournaments,” said the Derry priest.

“Actually she hadn’t played a tournament for a couple of years and so she was looking forward, as were all her friends to the one being held in Coleraine last Sunday. Sadly, it wasn’t to be.

“But as well as the competitive element of the game it was its social aspect that meant so much to Patricia: the fun she had and shared with her many friends and work colleagues in the bowling fraternity was priceless.

“Patricia was full of life and enjoyed life and she had tremendous energy and zest for living.

“As a mother to Maria, she was not just a mother; she was a best friend.”