Castleisland and its hinterland downed tools this morning and its people stood in condolence and solidarity as the remains of Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue were conveyed through the streets and a well populated guard of honour.
All aspects of his life were included in the turn out where trucks and motorbikes abounded in a tribute that he would be proud of.
Someone in the crowd along Main Street asked: ‘Was Butty into Bikes’ – ‘Butty was into everything’ came the reply.
Crowd Lined Main Street
The Covid-19 time turnout was a glowing testament to the man and the family members – many of whom are now living abroad.
His remains left Tangney’s Funeral Home shortly after the appointed time of 10:30am and made its way slowly up Church Street down around the Back of the Forge and up to St. Stephen’s Park before making it back to the crowd lined Main Street.
Private Cremation in Shannon
There, people applauded, bared and bowed their heads, cried said silent prayers and pulled out phones and photographed and filmed the passing cortege as it made its way to Limerick Road Corner and out of sight.
Butty’s remains were cremated today in a private ceremony in Shannon. But the memories and stories of a life lived to the full remain.
There will be a celebration of mass locally for him as soon as it’s safe to do so and maybe we’ll hear and share some of those stories then.
Butty was predeceased by his parents Michael and Hannah, his sisters Kathleen, Hilary and Mary Geraldine and his brother Pa.
He is survived by his partner, Marie O’Toole, Emmet, brothers: Eddie, Denis, Joe, Daniel and John, sisters: Mag, Philomena, Mary, Denise, Caroline and Elaine, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncle Jamsie, aunt Mary Bridget, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
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