A VILLAGE will come to a standstill for the funeral of the ‘life and soul of his family’ Ryan Cox.
Several hundred people are expected to turn out on Saturday, January 19, for the toddler’s funeral.
The funeral for Ryan, of Tonagorm, Belleek, Co Fermanagh, will take place at his family’s church, St Michael’s in Mulleek.
Baby Ryan, who was 19-months-old, was killed in a two car road traffic collision on the Boa Island Road, Kesh on Monday afternoon.
He had been a passenger in his mother, Katriona’s Peugot 307 when it collided with a silver Renault Megane at around 3.50pm.
His mum, who had been placed in an induced coma by doctors while they performed surgery on her earlier this week, learned on Thursday that her only child had been killed in the crash.
Described by Fr Joseph McVeigh, CC, as the ‘life and soul’ of his family, Ryan’s funeral mass will take place at 11am in St Michael’s Church followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.
According to Fr McVeigh, his tragic death has left his father, Peter and wider family circle “distraught”.
A friend of the family, Fr McVeigh said the Cox’s were a “happy family”.
“I was at their wedding a few years ago. It was a very happy occasion. And then the arrival of Ryan a year-and-a-half ago brought them great joy, ” he told the Impartial Reporter.
“He was a lovely, pleasant boy, he loved to play with his toys, loved the company of his young cousins from Omagh who were around the same age.
“He was with them nearly every weekend. Ryan was just the life and soul of his family, everything centred around him.
“I didn’t see them at Christmas but I understand they had a wonderful time and now they are faced with such a heartbreaking situation.”