Town mourns tragic death of teenage boy.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Town mourns tragic death of teenage boy. thumbnail Christopherís mother Judith, his sister Aimee and grandfather Eric make their way into Third Rathfriland Presbyterian Church on Monday.

FAMILY and friends gathered yesterday (Monday) to pay their final respects at Third Rathfriland Presbyterian Church to much-loved Rathfriland teenager Christopher Hillis.

Officiating at the service, Rev Seamus Burke began by thanking the congregation, on behalf of the family, for saying goodbye to Christopher.

"On behalf of the families we would like to thank you for saying goodbye to Christopher.

A beloved son who has left behind two younger sisters and a wider family and friends who loved him dearly." Christopher was born in Daisy Hill Hospital on 12 February 1999 and he attended Iveagh Primary School and Rathfriland High School.

"He was a bright pupil and his teachers noticed his potential. He showed real business promise and he once cut up some pallets and sold them off the back of his gocart as firewood; he had great initiative." Rev Burke paid tribute to Christopher's love of farming, especially tractors and machinery.

"Christopher loved his sports and played hockey and football. But it was farming that was in Christopher's DNA.

His dad and granda were both farmers and when Christopher got his first farming job with Robert Newell he was never happier.

He just loved working with his hands.

"He loved taking things apart and fixing them again and if it wasn't farming, he would definitely have been a mechanic.

"Cars were a big feature in his life and he liked them low, loud and smokey.

"He had a white Rover 200 which he spent ages washing and cleaning. He sold this car and bought it again three months later." Known as 'Chrissy' to his family and friends he was a likeable character who had lots of friends.

"Friends were very important to him and I would like his friends here today to remember this; Your friendship was very important to him and his family.

"Andrew told me that Christopher was more than a son, he was his best friend. To Aimee and Alyx, cherish the memories of your big brother and remember him always.

"To the grandparents of Christopher, you knew him when he was a young baby and you watched him grow. Lottie you got him up for his work every day and that is all over now and it's very difficult. Take it one day at a time. That is the only way to face the future without this precious young man in your life."

Tragically Christopher lost his life in the early hours of Saturday (28 October) morning. He was involved in a one vehicle collision and was a back seat passenger in Vauxhall Corsa when it crashed on the Banbridge Road between Dromara and Kinallen.


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