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Funeral details for Co. Armagh teacher described as ‘an angel in disguise’

Barry Geraghty

A much-loved husband, father, brother and teacher, who passed away after a sudden illness, will be laid to rest on Friday.

Barry Geraghty, from Aghagallon, died at Craigavon Area Hospital on Tuesday.

Barry, who grew up in Keady, was the dearly beloved husband of Fiona, and much-loved daddy to Chloe, Jamie, Conor and Niall.

His funeral on Friday will leave from his late residence in Lagan Gate, arriving at St Patrick’s Church for 10am Requiem Mass, with interment afterwards in adjoining cemetery.

Due to current circumstances, house and funeral will be strictly private, for immediate family and friends only.

Barry was a popular IT teacher at Lismore Comprehensive School.

The School paid tribute to their “greatly admired” colleague earlier today (Wednesday).

“As a subject teacher and senior leader, Barry embodied the ethos of Lismore and was greatly admired and respected by all who knew him,” said a School spokesperson.

“We wish to offer our most sincere sympathy to his wife Fiona, his daughter – our Year 8 student Chloe – his sons Jamie, Conor and Niall and the extended Geraghty and Campbell families. May his gentle soul rest in peace.”

Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly added: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the illness and sudden passing of Barry Geraghty. I want to send my most sincere sympathy to his wife Fiona, his four children and all of his loved ones.

“Barry was a long-standing teacher at Lismore School, where he was respected and beloved by students and staff.

“This will be an incredibly difficult time for Barry’s family and his loved ones. I hope the warm words of the many people sending condolences will be some comfort to them and I will keep the family in my prayers.”

One former pupil commented: “…a great man who dedicated his life for the betterment of others.

“Such a selfless job and for the most part a thankless one. But you drew respect from all your pupils including myself. A real loss to the community and to the kids of the future, but mostly to your family.

“I can’t imagine the heartbreak they are feeling but I hope they know that everyone who crossed paths with yourself is proud to say that you where their teacher.”

Another added: “One of the greatest teachers who ever set foot in Lismore. It was an honour to know him and be his student and friend, he was an angel in disguise.”

One woman wrote: “There will never be enough words to describe the type of man, teacher and friend he was..”

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