Kyle’s former school, Limavady High School have remembered their former student in a touching tribute in which they describe the “pleasant and well mannered” teenager as an “exemplary student and an excellent role model”.
During the early years Kyle received his Bronze, Silver and Gold school awards in recognition for his positive attitude to work and general good citizenship.
The School said the good standards Kyle set at this time provided a sound basis for his future prefect-ship during Years 12 and 13 until he was appointed a Student Leader in Year 14.
In 2009 Kyle was appointed the ‘School Bank Manager’ and in 2011 he took up the position of School Council Representative and also became a council member of the Roe Valley Learning Community.
In 2011/12 he was the Managing Director for a Young Enterprise company, a role which allowed him to work in a team situation.
“This suited him well as he was a people person and as a result of the work which he and his fellow pupils did the school became a Centre of Excellence for the Young Enterprise Scheme,” said the school.
During Year 12 Kyle spent his work experience in the Cardiology department at Altnagelvin, an experience which was to direct him towards his chosen career. Kyle wanted to become a nurse and support people.
“His natural ability to connect with people and his warm personality allowed him to carry out his duties as a part time carer in the Edenvale care home in a sensitive and supportive manner, offering psychological and emotional support for the many residents whose lives he touched,” said the school.
“In June of this year Kyle achieved a ‘Male School Pupil Award’ at the Limavady Sports Council Committee Awards ceremony for his achievement in kickboxing - having held positions of A.K.A. Irish Champion; Irish Cup Champion; N.W. Open Champion x2; W.K.A.N.I.Champion x2; World Silver medallist and most recently a World Championship Gold medal this year in Germany.
“To reach this standard Kyle had demonstrated a high level of commitment and showed great dedication in the pursuit of sporting success.
“Whilst doing this he also found time to be a young leader in the Boys’ Brigade.
“Kyle has impacted positively on so many lives in such a short time, a legacy so much greater than many who live for much longer.
“His ability to make people smile was his special gift. We will miss his crazy outfits brightening our corridors on Charity days as he walked around with his bucket collecting money, we will miss his love of music and dance at school functions and the rascality and banter when we met in school or down the town.
“As a person who brought so much fun, colour and laughter to our lives, whilst always being respectful and sensitive to the needs of others, we are all better for knowing Kyle.
“We will not forget you Kyle, your life has been short but your legacy is great and will be long lasting. We are all the richer for having been touched by you.”
‘A dear friend
Kyle was well known in his hometown, where he worked at Edenvale care Home on Edenmore Road and is remembered as “a dear colleague and friend who died suddenly on 25th September 2012”.
The following is a poem from Edenvale Care Home in Kyle’s memory.
‘On the rota you were our colleague,
But to us you were a friend,
And the memories that you left us,
To us will never end,
‘We know you fought your demon’s,
That your Heart was full of pain,
But you’ll never know how much we’d give to hear your voice again,
‘But you left one pearl of wisdom,
That we now know to be true,
That God above, sent down his love,
The day that we met you,
‘Always remembered and will be sadly missed from management, colleagues and residents of Edenvale Care Centre.’