Son pays emotional tribute to Maria Britton

THE son of the late Maria Britton said his mother was the “most caring person ever” as the county united in grief following the sudden death of the much-loved Enniskillen resident.

Formerly of Kilmacormick Drive, Ms Britton passed away last Wednesday. Her death prompted a wave of sadness, with mourners lining the streets outside St Michael’s Parish Church in Enniskillen on Saturday.

Ms Britton, who was the wife of the late motorcycle road racing champion Richard Britton, was a much-loved community member who was dedicated to her son Loris and her job at Toytown.


“It goes to show how much she was thought of and it means the world to me, to be honest. She wouldn’t have known how well she was liked in everybody’s mind,” her son, Loris, told the Herald.

Following Mr Britton’s death in September 2005, Ms Britton devoted her time to her son. Loris recalls his mother as being his “number one fan.”

“I’m going to miss her so, so much. I’ve got no parents left at the age of 24 and I’ve no siblings, but I have a lot of family around me and I couldn’t be more thankful for the help that they’ve given me,” he said.

“She was the most caring person ever, always torturing me every week when I was working in Dublin. She was phoning me and I was coming up to see her when I was back at the weekends.

“When I’m away racing myself, she was constantly ringing. She was my number one supporter in that sense with the bikes. She was always very supportive of me,” he added.

Ms Britton was born in Kilmacormick Drive to her parents, the late Brian and Patricia. She was one of four children and she was a beloved sister to Sinead, Marius and Brian.

She was a long-serving employee at Towntown in Enniskillen. In a moving online tribute, Toytown said that Ms Britton will be remembered for her “infectious character” and her “smile and a cheeky giggle.”


“When you see the comments from customers and Toytown closing their shop twice, it shows you how she was much thought of in her work. She was a very special person to them,” said her sister, Sinead.

Loris also said that he feels “so sorry” for the Toytown staff, who formed a guard of honour outside St Michael’s Parish Church at Ms Britton’s Requiem Mass on Saturday.

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