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Bessbrook school leads tributes following sad passing of past pupil Natasha

Natasha McElroy

A south Armagh school has led tributes to a past pupil from Newtownhamilton who sadly died over the weekend.

Natasha McElroy, who was recently a former pupil at St Paul’s High School in Bessbrook, passed away at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Her funeral is due to be held in St Michael’s Church in Newtown tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11am.

Posting on social media, the St Paul’s, said: “We are very sad to learn about the death of our esteemed recent past pupil, Natasha McElroy. Lots of our Year 14s would know Natasha, as she was a member of Mrs Pelissou’s old 08/22.

“We have so many fond memories of Natasha. We send sincere sympathy to her family. May Natasha rest in peace.”

There has been a huge outpouring of tributes on social media with many describing Natasha as a “beautiful, young woman”.

One woman commented: “Everyone who knew her adored her. A beautiful little lady. Thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.”

A former teacher said Natasha was “a beautiful girl who was always a pleasure to teach”.

Newtownhamilton Community Association offered their condolences to Natasha’s mum, Mary, and family.

Ita Gibney, Chairperson, said: “Mary and Tasha were willing volunteers during our annual summer scheme in recent years and Tasha was a great asset to us with her baking and beauty skills. Her bubbly nature will be missed by us all and we are saddened at her passing.

“We offer our deepest sympathies to her Mammy Mary, sister Caoimhe and her brothers Jamie and Ryan. May God give you all the strength and guidance to get through these difficult days.”

Natasha was the beloved daughter of Mary and the late Martin R.I.P. Sister of Jamie, Caoimhe and Ryan. Granddaughter of Ann and Pete Kennon.

Natasha will leave her home 15 Meadowvale, Newtownhamilton, BT35 0HW on Tuesday at 10.15am to St Michael’s Church for 11am requiem mass. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Deeply regretted by her heartbroken mother, brothers, sister, grandparents, aunts and uncles and entire family circle.

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