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Monday 5 December 2016

'I will never stop loving you Steve', partner tells mourners at 'hero's funeral

The remains of Steve Harris (34) - who tried to rescue his brother, father-of-two Alan Harris (45) - was also overcome by the fumes in the incident in a sewer at Drumnigh Wood estate in Portmarnock, Co Dublin on Wednesday afternoon pictured being carried from the Divine Mercy Church, Balgaddy, Lucan this morning after his funeral mass
The remains of Steve Harris (34) - who tried to rescue his brother, father-of-two Alan Harris (45) - was also overcome by the fumes in the incident in a sewer at Drumnigh Wood estate in Portmarnock, Co Dublin on Wednesday afternoon pictured being carried from the Divine Mercy Church, Balgaddy, Lucan this morning after his funeral mass
The funeral of Steve Harris (34) - who tried to rescue his brother, father-of-two Alan Harris (45) - was also overcome by the fumes in the incident in a sewer at Drumnigh Wood estate in Portmarnock, Co Dublin on Wednesday afternoon pictured at the Divine Mercy Church, Balgaddy, Lucan this morning
The funeral of Steve Harris (34) - who tried to rescue his brother, father-of-two Alan Harris (45) - was also overcome by the fumes in the incident in a sewer at Drumnigh Wood estate in Portmarnock, Co Dublin on Wednesday afternoon pictured at the Divine Mercy Church, Balgaddy, Lucan this morning
General view of coffin being carried from church. Funeral of Stephen (Steve) Harris, Divine Mercy Church, Balgaddy, Dublin
Steve Harris who died in the Portmarnock sewer tragedy

The funeral of a second brother who died in a workplace accident last week has heard he never left home without giving his partner a kiss.

Steve Harris was described as an "awesome guy" at the emotional service in Dublin yesterday.

Mr Harris (34), died trying to save his brother Alan after he fell into a sewer pit after being overcome by fumes.

The pair had been working for their company DrainTech, at Drumnigh Woods, Portmarnock when the incident happened last Wednesday.

Hundreds turned up at Divine Mercy Church, Balgaddy, to bid farewell to the massive Dublin GAA supporter.

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The arrival of Mr Harris' remains at the church was greeted by a standing ovation from everyone present, with a guard of honour led by his and partner Yvonne's TRX fitness group. The Bluebird Dublin GAA van, which the six Harris brothers paid for and decorated in memory of their father, was also present.

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Leading the tributes for the budding actor, Parish Priest Fr Eamon Bourke said Steve defied all human instincts of survival by attempting to save his brother and that the "word hero is an understatement".

His brother Derek read out a heartbreaking eulogy on behalf of Steve's partner Yvonne and son Nathan.

"He never left the house without a kiss. We were only eight years together. We only scratched the surface.

"In my eyes Steve was perfect, and I always told him that, even though he didn't believe me.

"I see so much of you in Nathan ... the faces he pulls, the big smile you both have, and even your dance moves. I'll spend every day telling Nathan about the man his dad was, by showing him pictures and videos, and I'll never stop loving you, my partner in crime," Derek read in the words of Yvonne.

Derek thanked his brother for giving everything to him and the rest of the family.

"As a family we want to say this: Steve owes us nothing, because he gave us everything.

"Steve had a passion for acting, and starred in many plays and every time he stole the show. I have no doubt that his big break wasn't far away.

"Steve loved his job at DrainTech, he loved working with family and colleagues, loved his van, 'the beast'.

"I'm told Fridays were a very special day at the DrainTech offices, Steve christened them 'free hug Friday' where everyone got a free Stevie hug," Derek said.

DrainTech staff along with workers from other drainage and plumbing companies were also in attendance to pay their respects.

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