Tributes paid to 'gentleman' Reece McAlorum after 21-year-old dies suddenly

Reece McAlorum (21) died suddenly at his home in Lagmore on Wednesday
John Monaghan

A YOUNG west Belfast boxer who died suddenly has been described as a "gentleman" and "lovely lad" by devastated family and friends.

Father-of-three Reece McAlorum, (21), who was engaged to be married, died at his home on Wednesday.

Mr McAlorum, who had grown up in Poleglass, had been living in Lagmore in recent years.

Family and friends posted dozens of tributes to Mr McAlorum on social media, with one stating: "Without doubt a great guy and a big loss to this community."

Another added: "Someone that wouldn't cross paths with you without coming to a stop and having a chat."

There were tributes from several boxing clubs, including Clonard ABC and the former Poleglass Boxing Club.

Charlie Brown, who was Mr McAlorum's boxing coach in Poleglass, told The Irish News that the west Belfast man was a "smashing kid".

Mr Brown said: "He had lived in Poleglass when he was younger and was in our club until he was 14. You smiled right away when you saw Reece.

"He told me that he was hoping to box in the intermediate section for Clonard.

"He was in my shop two weeks ago and it seemed like he didn't have a care in the world. He always came in with a joke and a laugh. My heart goes out to his family."

In a Facebook post, Clonard ABC said: "R.I.P to Reece McAlorum you will be missed by all your club mates. Look over your family you were a wee gentleman."

The Belfast Boxers' group said it was "shocking news" and described Mr McAlorum as a "lovely lad".

Requiem Mass for Mr McAlorum will take place on Monday at 11am in Christ the Redeemer Church in Lagmore, followed by a service in Roselawn Crematorium.

Mr McAlorum is survived by his fiancée Catherine, children Rylie, Katie-Rose and James Michael, siblings Karl, Tiarnan and Annaleece and parents Sharon and Michael.

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