Altamount Street, Westport, Co Mayo
William passed away in the loving care of Mayo Hospice on Thursday, July 7, 2022, after a long illness at the age of 31. His parents, sisters and brothers-in-law were by his side.
Born to Angela and Teddy on November 6, 1990 and grew up on Altamount Street, Westport, William was a wonderful addition to a bustling house of three girls and was the jewel in the crown of the home. Born with an extra chromosome, it was a big shock, but very quickly we learned that this extra chromosome just meant that he was extra special.
At the age of six William started school at St Brid’s Special School in Castlebar, where he attended until the age of 19 and later attended Carrowbeg Enterprises which allowed him to live a life of fun, independence and inclusivity making friends and memories and was supported by the most caring staff who nurtured him all the years. Down through the years William has made his family so proud especially when they would see him perform in his school plays. He never let his limitations dampen his zest for life.
William had his own personality and new exactly what he liked and was not afraid to let us know. He loved music and took great joy at going to concerts. There was nowhere that William wouldn’t go to indulge his love for music.
Thanks to his wonderful Mother, William had developed a great love for country music and back in April just before he was hospitalised for the last time he went to the TF for a night with the stars. He got his picture taken with all the greats of country music, he couldn’t have been happier.
William loved his nieces and nephews as long as they weren’t touching his Richie Kavanagh DVD collection. The kids loved playing his DVDs as they found them so funny. William loved his family his sisters, brothers-in-law and most of all his loving parents. He was the very essence of their lives, and they will miss him dearly; he was their whole life, and they were his.
Despite William’s mostly quiet demeanor, he was a fighter and fought hard to the bitter end. His illnesses through the years, may have caused others to despair and give up but that was not William. He lived every day of his life with great effort and never gave up.
William was the kindest, gentlest, loving human we have ever known and are ever likely to meet. William never wanted to see anyone sad and taught us the importance of putting on a happy upbeat song when we needed a reason to smile. Having William in our lives has taught us to be more patient, kind and loving in all that we do and although he is gone from this life, we will carry his spirt of courage with us forever. He will remain for us as the most beautiful, perfect, kindest son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend.
Although we feel William was taken far too soon from this world, we know that he lived a beautiful life. We will miss him every day for the rest of our lives and feel so blessed to have been able to call him our son and brother. Our little angel is at peace now, goodbye for now, until we meet again.
From his loving family, Mam, Dad, Caroline, Marian, Valerie, Xavier, Joe, Liam, Noah, Arron, Ella, Ben, Gabriela and Harry. xx