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Father-of-four who died after early morning road collision to be laid to rest

Clubmates described Michael Ginesi as "an absolute gentleman"

The funeral of a Co Armagh father-of-four – who died after a single vehicle road traffic collision yesterday – will take place on Tuesday.

Michael Ginesi passed away at the scene after the vehicle he was travelling in collided with a tree on the Annesborough Road in Lurgan around 2.30am on Saturday.

The 34-year-old’s brother Ralph, posting on Facebook, confirmed the tragedy yesterday: “Totally gutted my young brother Michael was tragically killed in a car accident last night, rest in peace bro.”

Police later officially name Mr Ginesi, who had been involved at various levels with the Lurgan-based Oxford Sunnyside FC.

They too paid tribute on social media yesterday, describing him as “an absolute gentleman” and offering sympathy to his family.

The news came just hours after the club’s first team had celebrated winning the Alan Wilson Cup.

The loss of Mr Ginesi prompted the club to post: “After an exciting night for the club we are quickly brought back down to earth this morning on the awful and devastating news that one of our own Micky Ginesi sadly passed away in car accident.

“Micky was an absoulte gentleman and always done his best for the club whether it be as a player or coach. He will be sadly missed by the Oxford Family.

“On behalf of everyone at Oxford Sunnyside Fc we send our Condolences to all the Ginesi family at this difficult time.”

Mr Ginesi’s funeral will take place on Tuesday, from his home at Levin Road, Lurgan.

It will make its way to St Peter’s Church for Requiem Mass at 10.30am, and he will be laid to rest afterwards in St Colman’s Cemetery.

A son of Ralph and the late Deirdre Ginesi, and predeceased by a sister, Nicola, he will be deeply missed by his father, Ralph, children Jade, Tiernan, Ryan and Jessica, sister Ann, brother Ralph, brother-in-law  Michael and sister-in-law Joanne.

To the entire family, including nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces, deepest sympathy is extended.

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