Max with his BMX bike.
There were emotional scenes at St Mel’s Cathedral on Monday, November 14 as the Longford community gathered to bid a final, fond farewell to a beloved son and brother, a firm friend and a valued student.
Maksymilian (Max) Lewandowski, a first year pupil in Templemichael College, passed away on Thursday, November 10, and at his Funeral Mass, which was celebrated in both English and Polish, his former Principal at Scoil Eimear, Ms Martina McCormack gave mourners an insight into the teenager, whom she described as sensitive, quiet and calm.
Having spoken to Max’s friends at the Attic, of which the teen was a recent member, Ms McCormack shared their views.
“They described him as a very funny and caring person who would always cheer everyone up if they were sad.
“He always had a smile on his face,” she added.
The Principal then told some of Max’s friends’ stories of time spent with the young man. Many of them featured Max’s beloved BMX bike, which was among the items brought to the altar at the beginning of the ceremony to signify the things that were important in Max’s life.
“They [Max’s friends] finished with the image of Max riding his BMX in heaven, and eating a spice bag that he loved so much,” Ms McCormack continued.
Inside the classroom, having spent eight years in Scoil Eimear and sadly, just eleven weeks in Templemichael College, Max was described by his teachers as a bright, popular boy with huge potential. He was a great worker who played his part very well.
Ms McCormack then told the congregation that on the day of his passing, Max had received excellent results at school, including four As and an A1.
“Life is all about choices,” Ms McCormack went on. “but on that day, Max made a choice that can sadly never be reversed. We do not have the answers, nor should we make presumptions. All we can do today is learn from the tragic loss of such a wonderful young life that this does not happen again in our community.”
Highlighting the importance of joy and love in our lives, Ms McCormack urged those in attendance to share both the positive and the negative with their loved ones.
“When we are happy, we easily share these times, but we need to realise that at every stage in life, at every age, it is just as important to share our darker times and that no-one ever feels alone or unheard.”
Max was then guided from the Cathedral by beautiful music performed by singers and musicians from Longford schools, and a guard of honour, made up of friends and members of his school and home communities.
The late Maksymilian (Max) Lewandowski will be missed by his heartbroken parents Malgorzata and Andrzey and his loving sister Kinga; grandparents, uncles, aunts, relatives and many friends. May he Rest in Peace.
If you have been affected by this story, please don’t hesitate to contact the Attic House (043 33 36183); County Longford Youth Service (043 33 40907); Good2Talk Longford (043 33 47477) or Teenline (1800 833 634 from 8 - 11pm each evening or text Teen to 50015).