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Co Antrim man who died suddenly in Spain 'will live on in our hearts' priest tells mourners at funeral

Mourners gathered in Co Antrim yesterday for the funeral of Cushendall man, Conor McCollum who died suddenly in Spain on November 22

MOURNERS gathered in Co Antrim yesterday for the funeral of a father-of-two who was found dead in Spain last month.

Conor McCollum, who was from Cushendall, was based in the Torrevieja area of Alicante. He died on Friday, November 22 "without warning".

Mr McCollum, who was in his thirties, was a nephew of prominent former Antrim hurling player and manager Terence McNaughton and had played amateur soccer in his youth for Carnlough United.

A post-mortem examination was carried out in Spain but there has been no confirmation of the cause of death for the former St Aloysius' High School pupil.

Addressing mourners at The Church of St Patrick and St Brigid in Glenariff, Fr David White Mr McCollum would "live on in our hearts".

"It's only natural that the loss and separation from Conor should aflict us for a while.

"People say you get over it, I don't think you ever do get over a death in life, especially a young death. The light of our faith and hope for future glory has to give us peace of mind and hope. Life is changed, not ended," he said.

"At times like this when death separates us from the ones we love, those bonds of physical presence are broken, It's only now sitting here in the quiet of a coffin that we realise the value and power of faith in our life."

Fr White also talked about Mr McCollum's love of football and motor sports.

"He was at his happiest cheering on Liverpool and he was a dedicated follower of Valentino Rossi," the priest said.

Following Requiem Mass, burial took place in the Bay Cemetery.

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