Oisín Chesters: 'Little superhero' who made huge impact in short life
“OISÍN was as brave and honest as Captain America, as eager a young lad as Spider-Man, as piercing and straight as Hawkeye, and as able to see beyond himself as Dr Strange.
“Oisín was always a hero.”
The tribute paid by Fr Dermot McGirr at the funeral of Oisín Chesters eloquently captured both the 12-year-old’s passion for the Marvel world of superheroes as well as his own many special qualities.
The Omagh schoolboy, who died suddenly on January 4, made a huge impact on everyone he met.
Chatty, endlessly inquisitive and full of fun, he made friends across the Co Tyrone town as well as online through his own YouTube channel.
Oisín had a keen interest in technology as well as a creative spark and taught himself how to make, edit and upload videos online.
He posted ‘vlogs’ on subjects ranging from computer games, to planting potatoes, to simply whatever was in his head that day and his dad Colm used the website to thank his followers for their tributes.
“Myself and his mum are so proud of all the messages, views, likes and subscriptions,” he said.
“He will be the happiest YouTube star in Heaven, thanks. As Oisín would say, peace out.”
Oisín’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the Marvel Universe was an interest shared with his older brother Shane as well as former Drumragh curate Fr McGirr.
He would jokingly refer to himself as ‘Oisín-man’ and never let disabilities affect his zest for life.
At his funeral, his uncle Gerard arranged colourful cartoon images of him in superhero uniform on either side of the coffin.
Fr McGirr said he was a “Marvel-ous young person and an undeniable fan of the Marvel Universe”.
“May the gentle, loving God of our universe look after his sincere and good soul. May Oisín be with his saintly heroes in Heaven.”
A former pupil of Omagh Integrated Primary School, Oisín had started at Sacred Heart College last September and is also remembered there as a “little superhero”.
“We are heartbroken at his passing and we hope his devoted parents, brother, sisters, sister-in-law, grandad as well as his aunts, uncles and cousins will find the strength to get through these dark times,” it said.
“We have had the pleasure of having this little superhero as part of our college. He was courageous, confident and loving. Rest in peace Oisín.”
Oisín Chesters is survived and sadly missed by his parents Colm and Caroline, sisters Kyra and Danielle, brother Shane and family circle.