Tragic motorcyclist (21) was 'full of potential and ability'

Family and friends during the funeral of Jay Reardon at 1st Holywood Presbyterian Church in Holywood on Thursday. The 21 year old motorcyclist died after an accident on the Belfast Road near Newtownards, close to the junction with Milecross Road on Sunday. Picture: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Gareth McKeown

MOURNERS at the funeral of a Co Down motorcyclist killed in a crash on Sunday have been told of a young man whose life was "full of potential and ability".

Jay Curtis Reardon (21), from Holywood Hills, sustained fatal injuries when his motorbike was involved in a collision on the Belfast Road in Newtownards.

At his funeral service in First Holywood Presbyterian Church, Rev Noble McNeely said the community had been left "painfully shocked" and "saddened" by the shortening of such a young life.

Urging the congregation to remember the joys of Jay's life he said: "Today we have experienced a seasonal change in life and we now reflect on the life of Jay; you have your memories of the life he lived, the changes from childhood to manhood, his successes in education and the potential he had in his work at the South Eastern Regional College, and the times he enjoyed his motor cycle, his football and goal keeping, cheering on his Arsenal.

"There are joys to remember, the humour and fun, there were times of celebration and a few times of disappointment," he said.

At the largely attended funeral service in Holywood heartfelt tributes were also paid by Jackie Reardon, Jay's stepmother, as well as his sister Laura and girlfriend Natalya Brown.

His coffin was draped in a scarf of his favourite football team, Arsenal FC. Following the funeral service he was laid to rest in Clandeboye cemetery.

Police meanwhile have made an appeal for witnesses to the collision which happened at around 12.50pm on Sunday close to the junction with Milecross Road.


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