The Requiem Mass and celebration of the life of Eugene (Genie) McAree, Luton, England, and Drumcoobrady, Tydavnet who died on Wednesday 20th June 2018, took place at Our Lady Help of Christians, 52 Castle Street, Luton on Thursday 5th July 2018. Predeceased by his son Michael (d March 2012), he is sadly missed by his loving wife Maureen, and his daughters Theresa, AnnMarie and Trish, and the extended family circle. The celebrant for the Mass was Fr Dariusz Bialowas, Parish Priest at Our Lady Help of Christians in Luton. A number of relations and friends from the Tydavnet area travelled to the funeral, and Fr Bialowas commented on the huge turnout for Genie’s final farewell. Genie’s cousin John Sherry read the First Reading, and niece Mary Healy proclaimed the Responsorial Psalm. The Prayers of the Faithful were read by Amanda (McAree) Meehan, cousin; Patsy Brady, nephew; and Donal O’Keeffe, nephew. Genie’s sister Bridie Teevan and his niece Marie O’Keeffe participated in the Offertory Procession. A touching eulogy was given by Trish McAree, and his links with Monaghan continued with Big Tom’s hit “Back to Castleblayney” providing the backdrop as Genie was taken to his final resting place. It’s a devastating day for the family to say “Farewell” to a dear husband, Dad, and friend – but the Mass booklet, family photos, and stories recounted, gave a rich insight into his life, his interests and his final illness borne with a strong faith and great fortitude. Genie lived for his family, and his grandchildren when they came along were the light that lit up his life. He will be deeply mourned by many, especially all the immediate family. Here’s a lovely tribute penned by Genie’s cousin Amanda McAree…….
“What’s your game girl”, we’ll hear no more
As “Genie Boy” has now gone through Heaven’s door,
There’ll be craic upstairs now with Gene there we know
Way too soon God called and he had to go.
Born in December 1945 he was larger than life
And never complained about trouble or strife
Cornagilta National School was where he spent his early days
Learning to read and to write and in the school yard he’d play.
Gene and his family moved to Luton when he was just a young teen
He learned digger work there and took pride in his work; it’s plain to be seen
Drumcoobrady was his home with a special place in his heart
It’s very sad when good friends from this life must, from us, depart.
He was a very hard worker ad was always there to give a hand
Always willing to help neighbours and was at his happiest working the land
Maureen from Mayo was his pride and joy
Not to mention his three daughters and Michael, his boy
His three grandchildren Lia, Darragh and Emily
Were always guaranteed to bring a smile to his face.
We’ll miss you Gene, keep a watch over us all
We know God picks only the best and you have answered his call
We’ll remember you fondly as we recall all the joy
That we spent in your company, “You were some cowboy”!!