MURDER victim Michael Tormey was a “gentle giant” with “a not-so-bad skeleton” in his body, mourners were told as he was laid to rest today.
The family of the father of three innocent people was engulfed in grief when he shot dead in the garden of his home on Thomond Road in Ballyfermot, west of Dublin, around 5am on Sunday when his wife and one of his daughters were asleep.
Mr Tormey, who not related to crime and did not have any association with organized crime gangs, being remembered as “one of the nicest, kindest, most caring people you could ever meet”.
His distraught wife Amy – whom he married in 2019 – and their three young daughters Shauna, Kaitlyn and Kodie were comforted as crowds gathered at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Ballyfermot to say their goodbyes finally with a 49-year-old man. .
Holding back tears, Michael’s brother, Brian, paid tribute to his older brother.
‘I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS HAS BEEN DONE’
He said karaoke fan Michael, known as Mick, “loves getting into tunes” and is “always generous.”
“He was very generous,” he said. He bought me my first shirt and first United jersey with my first job and first salary. I loved it and I wore it until the thread broke. I will never forget that.
“Some of you know him from running at school and he’s obviously a celebrity there, but he’s not a celebrity.
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“He was a big teddy bear, and he was good, and he had nothing but laughter. I cannot understand why this is done.
“I knew he was up there with my Da, and my dad greeted him with open arms and a cup of tea.
“Dude, I will miss you. You will always be in my heart and your laughter will carry me forever. ”
Michael’s devastated daughter Shauna says her dad loves to sing and will choreograph Phil Collins hits with her “until we run out of voices”.
‘I WILL ALWAYS FORGET YOU’
She told mourners: “No one else in the world enjoyed a Meanies sandwich or a Burger Bites sandwich with me, and you’ll always have room for more than one.”
Wiping tears from the altar, she added: “I will always miss you. I will always love you. Rest in peace, dad. Love, my little princess, Shauna. ”
Father Adrian Egan, who celebrated the funeral Mass, said that as well as singing, Michael was a great talker.
Father Egan said: “He can speak for Ireland and if there is an Olympic Gold Medal to speak of, he will have a bunch of them.
“He likes the sharp look. He loves his hair; I gather that he will keep the gel companies running. There was audacity, a conceit in him, maybe a confidence. ”
Neighbors often remember Michael for his “decency” and the priest added: “A neighbor of Mick and Amy who was in a wheelchair with a disability described that when he returned from the shops or his local liquor in the chair when he reached the street, Mick could recognize him through the window and ran out to assist him in any way. “
A karaoke mic was brought to the altar in memory of Mike and his love of karaoke.
A Turkish entertainment bar showcases his “sinful passion” along with a pack of deep-fried burgers that he likes to put in his sandwiches.
Michael’s sister brought his Ray-Ban sunglasses to the altar because he takes great pride in his appearance and “loves to look good and dress well”.
A bottle of whiskey that Michael liked to “enjoy again and again” was also placed on the altar, along with photos of his family and friends.
Father Egan condemned the “grave crime” that those responsible for Michaels’ death had committed after “taking a life from this earth”.
“We pray that those responsible will be brought to justice. We pray that that kind of violence will be stopped,” he said.
A man and woman arrested last week oversaw Michael’s death “remain in custody at Garda Station in West Dublin”, today, Mr gardai confirmed.
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