Tragic death of ‘one in a million’ Cookstown man

Mark McGarvey
Mark McGarvey

Tributes in their hundreds have poured in through social media in memory of a Cookstown man who died tragically on Christmas Eve.

A former pupil of Cookstown High School, Mark McGarvey was just 26-years-old when he passed away in the early hours of December 24.

Police have said Mark’s death in the Moneymore area, is not being treated as suspicious.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I’m informing my friends and family that our youngest son, Mark passed away in his sleep early this morning,” George McGarvey posted on Facebook on behalf of his wife Judith and their children.

“Mark had been in good enough health, and the suddenness of his death is even more difficult to deal with.

“The hundreds of kind messages posted have been a great source of comfort to us all. We are truly humbled. Mark is now home with us.”

Amongst other accolades, friends remembered Mark as being “one in a million” and “the life and soul of any room”.

“To say goodbye to a friend like you is beyond hard,” said one tribute.

“You were one of a kind, the life and soul of any room you entered, but most of all you where a caring and thoughtful person, and you’ll be missed by so many.”

A short service will be conducted at his parents’ home at 31A Springhill Road, Moneymore today (Monday) at 11am.

The family will then proceed to Cookstown Cemetery at 12pm and a short committal service will take place at 1pm.

Afterwards everyone is invited to join the family in Derryloran Parish Hall, Chapel Street, Cookstown, for light refreshments.

Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to NI Chest, Heart and Stroke, payable to D. Watters (Donations A/c), 46 Main Street, Tobermore Magherafelt BT45 5PW. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by the entire Family Circle.