THE communities of Tempo and Brookeborough have been plunged into sadness as they mourn the tragic death of young man Ryan McCaffrey.
29-year-old Ryan from Shillanmore in Tempo died suddenly on Sunday and large crowds attended his funeral which took place yesterday (Wednesday) morning at The Church Of the Immaculate Conception with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Ryan was the son of Brain and Mary and had seven siblings.
At a young age, Ryan and his family moved from Brookeborough, to live in Tempo and it is believed that he attended school at St Michael’s College and previously St Mary’s Primary School, Brookeborough. In recent years, Ryan lived in Enniskillen after moving into a flat from his home in Tempo.
Tempo Parish Priest Fr John Halton recalled Ryan as a ‘friendly, bright, and talented’ young man.
“As a young man he was a person of promise, mannerly, courteous, and admired.
“As a younger man he was very talented in football and in sport.
“He was sought out by all who were interested in sport and games, for he never hankered after the second best.”
“All who knew him tell us that he sought perfection in all that he put his mind too. He trained, he walked; he kept fit in an effort to give of his best to anything he undertook.
“When he became interested in the computer, and modern technology he acquired many new instruments, and gadgets on the market to improve himself, and to become more competent.”
Fr Halton also told the Herald that any death of a young person is tragic, but he believes the community will support the McCaffrey family during this difficult time.
“For the last couple of years he had been living in Enniskillen. He was part of a big family and he was the fifth child out of eight. The death of any young person is always very difficult on the local area, but the community will rally around the family at this difficult time.
“There was a big crowd at the wake, and I have no doubt that there will be a massive crowd at the funeral to offer their support the entire family. He was well known, and the family would be very popular – very well liked, and very friendly people who would do anything for you and you won’t get much better.”
Ryan is survived by his father Brian and mother Mary, his brothers Barry, Ruairi and Darragh and sisters Claire (King), Anita, Edel (Moore) and Paula.