Hundreds of people packed St Malachy’s Church in Coleraine this morning to say their final farewell to Gerard Bradley, the young man killed in a construction site in Perth two weeks ago.
Parish Priest Father Brendan Mulhall told mourners that 29-year-old Mr Bradley was well known and well loved by everyone he met and drew friends to him ‘like a magnet’. Praters were also said for Gerard’s friend Joe McDermott, who died alongside him.
Father Mulhall told mourners that the outpouring of support from people the world over has given the family immense comfort during the most difficult of times.
The funeral was streamed live to Australia, where many of Gerard’s friends were watching.
“Our hearts are broken,” said Father Mulhall. “But we must trust in God that we will survive this tragedy and find the strength to keep going. We are heartbroken by losing Gerard, but grateful for knowing him.”
After an acoustic rendition of Wiz Khalifa’s ‘See You Again’, Gerard’s brother Jon-Paul thanked the congregation for their support and reminded them of his brother’s wicked sense of humour and urged mourners to ‘be happy’ as that was what Gerard would have wanted.
John Paul read out the poem ‘Feel No Guilt in laughter; He’d know how much you care’ which was met by a round of applause by mourners.
Following his burial at Coleraine Cemetery on the Portrush Road his family held a celebration of Gerard’s life at Portstewart Golf Club.