Gary Hughes Death – Gary Hughes, a passionate and popular Northern Ireland football fan has passed away before the team’s World Cup qualifier against Italy. Gary reportedly collapsed in a bar on Lisburn Road on Monday, 15, 2021. Hughes son Stuart, a UUP councillor on Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has announced the death of his father on Twitter earlier this week, saying: “Very tragically my dad passed away suddenly last night just before the NI game versus Italy. Thanks to everyone who has passed on their sympathies today and those who tried to save him last night. It puts so much into perspective.”
A service of thanksgiving has been scheduled for Gary and will be held in St Mark’s Parish Church, in Lisburn on Friday at 2:00 pm., according to family.
The Irish Football Association also paid their tributes in a statement: “The IFA would like to express its sincere condolences to the family of Northern Ireland supporter Gary Hughes, who passed away suddenly before the Northern Ireland-Italy game on Monday.” “Gary… was meeting one of his sons in a bar on Belfast’s Lisburn Road prior to the World Cup qualifier when he collapsed. Despite the best efforts of people who came to his aid, he sadly passed away,” the football association added.
Also, Alliance councillor Sorcha Eastwood said she was “devastated” for her fellow LCCC councillor, explaining: “Oh Stuart, I’m so sorry to read this, I know how much your dad meant to you and how much you loved him. A death notice described Mr Hughes as the “dearly loved husband of Joanne, Mayfields, Lisburn. Much loved father of Stuart and Ryan and dear father-in-law of Nicola.”
Obituary and funeral arrangements will be officially posted by Hughes.
Photo Credits – Stuart Hughes via Twitter.