Sister of tragic Drumlish man Danny McGee delivers heart-rending funeral tribute

Liam Cosgrove

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Danny McGee RIP

A tribute to the late Danny McGee, taken from Moyne CS Facebook page

The sister of Danny McGee has paid an emotional tribute to her late brother following his tragic passing in New York last week.

Eva McGee addressed mass-goers at the funeral of her beloved 21-year-old brother as hundreds of well-wishers turned up to pay their respects to the affable Drumlish native.

In a heart-rending tribute, she fought back tears to speak of the close relationship the pair enjoyed growing up together.

“Danny was my oldest brother," she said eloquently.

"He was very protective of me and always looked out for me,” she said.

“Danny was funny, caring, loving and had a larger than life personality.

“Danny was always in great humour and wouldn’t have anyone with a frown on their face, he would always cheer them up.”

Part of that overall sense of pride was poignantly evidenced in a poem Eva wrote in memory of her dear brother in the lead up to today’s mass.

Entitled simply, but aptly ‘Brother’ it read:

“You gave no one a last farewell or ever said goodbye, you were gone before we knew it and only God knows why,

A million times we will miss you, a million times we will cry,

If love alone could have saved you you never would have died,

In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still,

In our hearts you hold a place that no one else can fill,

It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone

A part of us went with you, the day God took you home,

We will meet again some day, I know in a better place,

Thank God he made you my brother while you were here on earth.”

Following funeral mass, burial took place in the nearby local cemetery.

The late Danny McGee is survived by by his heartbroken family, parents Don, Colleen, brother Brian, sister Eva, uncle Tim, Denise, cousins Daniel and Nicole (USA), relatives and a large circle of friends.