The sudden death of 46-year-old Adrian Daly, The Battery, Cloghore, on Friday has been learned of with shock and deep regret.
Adrian, who recently had surgery in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast had returned home to his wife and family on Thursday last and was doing well and was delighted to be home.
However, as Fr Pat McHugh, told mourners at his packed to capacity funeral on Sunday in St Patrick’s Church, Belleek, life is so unpredictable for all of us and there are some things that are very difficult, if not impossible, to explain.
Adrian, a superbly skilled craftsman and designer at the family-owned Celtic Weave Parian China, was a superb father and husband and the sense of grief for his wife Stella and their four young children, Oníosa, Sorcha, Rian and Conáil is palpable.
Thousands of people called to Adrian and Stella’s home on The Battery and to the nearby home of his grieving parents Tommy and Patricia and his sisters Sinéad and Gráinne who, like so many, are devastated by Adrian’s death. All who knew him remarked on his sense of humour, his easy manner and his ability to handle any challenge.
“I watched in amazement on occasion when Adrian was handed an idea, at best a vague concept and little else and how he could turn that into nothing short of a work-of-art. He combined his love of architecture and the skills of a master craftsman to produce things of remarkable beauty at Celtic Weave,” commented family friend, businessman and former GAA president, Peter Quinn.
At Sunday’s concelebrated Requiem Mass gifts reflecting Adrian’s interests were brought to the Altar, among them an MP3 player to illustrate his love of technology, a family photograph taken last year at a first Holy Communion celebration and his flowering tool which he used every day at Celtic Weave - a tool which has been handed down through four generations of the Daly family who have proven themselves masters of the intricacies of fine parian weave. Sympathy is extended to his wife and four children, his mum and dad, his sisters, and all who grieve the death of a wonderful and very special young man.