FRIENDS and family of Aaron Montgomery, the 23-year-old Moira
man who was killed outside a Belfast nightclub last week,
gathered on Thursday at Holy Trinity Parish Church in Aghalee to
remember the life of the young man taken so quickly from their
Aaron, who worked at the News Letter in
Portadown, died following an incident after night out with
This week friends paid tribute to the young
man who was a keen footballer and dedicated to his family.
Norman Bell, Ballinderry District Master and
a member of Aaron's Orange Lodge, LOL 148 the Ballinderry Black
Reds, remembered the "big smile" on Aaron's face the night
before he died, when he led his Lodge's football team to victory
over a team from Larne.
"He was a very regular attendee at all our
meetings, along with his brother and father, who was a Deputy
Master of my Lodge," said Mr Bell. "He played for us in the
District Youth Football team and was playing for us last
Wednesday night, when he led a winning team.
"He was very family orientated; his younger
brother and father went everywhere together," he continued.
"We are all very upset about what happened.
It has put a great strain on the family and they have our
"Some of our members are tough lads but when you
see the tears it makes you realise the loss they feel," he
added. Former Minister of Aghalee Parish, Rev Simon Doogan, who
has been with the family over the past week, spoke of Aaron as a
"vibrant" young man, who is deeply missed by all his friends and
family. "Aaron had a great balance in his life for a
23-year-old," said Rev Doogan. "He was energetic and lively. He
had his friends, family, work, sport and his church.
"The Montgomery family have had lots and lots
of support. They are feeling upheld and loved by the number of
people who have been so good to them."
Aaron's funeral was held on Thursday at 3pm
in Holy Trinity Parish Church in Aghalee.
Donations in memory of Aaron may be sent to
Marie Curie Cancer Care (Living Rooms Appeal) c/o Bobby
Morrison, 38 Hillsborough Road, Lisburn.
Aaron is survived by his mother Jacqueline,
father Stephen, brother Adam and sister Rachel.
Friends share memories on Bebo
MOVING tributes were paid to
Aaron on his Bebo web-site. Here are just a few
of the touching comments from friends and
One of the nicest and most
genuine people i've been lucky enough to be
mates with, you were a true legend and will
never be forgotten. Thanks for the good times
big man, it won't be the same without you.
aah Aaron, that's what I keep
sayin then burstin out into tears, its just such
a series of ups and downs bro, just so hard to
accept ill never be able to see you again. i
took it so much for granted that u would always
be there, I didn't spend enough time with you.
I'm paying the price for that now, that's for
sure mate. rest well Aaron
R.I.P. Aaron. will always
have ya in my mind. never goin to forget
you...one of the nicest guys ive ever known.
What a shock! i dunno what to
say. A guy we will never forget. Thank you for
the memories. Gone but not forgotten!
I've been trying 2 write a
comment 4 days now and i cant find the words.
All I know is or gonna b missed by all our
friends and family. Rest In Peace Aaron
We all loved you so so much mate and it was
tragic what happened when you were taken from us
in the early hours of Friday 15/02/08.