Jason Corbett a 'lost soul when first wife died', funeral told
THE heartbroken family of Jason Corbett said an emotional farewell to him yesterday, as he was laid to rest on the very day he was to have returned home with his children.
During the mass, Mr Corbett's sister Tracey Lynch vowed to fulfil his dreams for his children.
Ms Lynch, who is now guardian of Mr Corbett's two young children, Jack (10) and Sarah (8), along with her husband David, wrote an emotional eulogy for the funeral which was read by her husband.
She described her brother as her hero and said he was a "lost soul" after the death of his first wife Mags, adding if he could not be with his children he would want to be with her.
Several hundred mourners who gathered at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Janesboro, Limerick, for the funeral applauded the eulogy.
"I know my brother left lots of things undone and others that he never had the chance to start, but I promise that I will continue what he started and hopefully fulfil his dreams for him. This is just my small way of saying thank you for everything he did for me," she wrote.
Mourners heard how Jason was due to bring his children home on the very day of his burial and how the family must now hold on to their faith that the truth surrounding his death will be told.
The congregation heard Jason had been at his happiest when he met and married Mags and had their two beautiful children together.
"For a time he was as happy as anyone could be. After Mags died, he was a lost soul. Even though he lived his life with dignity, the light and spark was never fully replaced," Tracey wrote.
"If Jason couldn't be here I know in my heart he wanted to be with Mags," she added, telling how Jason would take his lunch up to her grave every day and read her the papers.
She revealed how her last talk with her brother had been about their funerals, with Jason wanting something that would make people laugh. "My brother didn't like to see people cry, especially his family," she wrote.
The final words of the service were left to Jason himself, in a note that he had previously written.
"I wanted a perfect ending, but I've learned the hard way some poems don't rhyme and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end," it read, ending with: "Saying goodbye is so hard, until we meet again."
Jason's two children Jack and Sarah brought gifts to the altar in memory of their father; a Liverpool jersey and Irish jersey along with a set of golf clubs and a Munster jersey, signifying his love of sports.
Beginning the mass, local priest Fr Pat O'Sullivan spoke directly to the children, telling them: "Jack and Sarah, you're very important to us all today, you are the most important people."
Mr Corbett was found with fatal head injuries at his home in North Carolina, America, on August 2. His second wife Molly Martens and her father Thomas were named by police as persons of interest, but no formal arrests have been made.