love of sport started very early and continued to grow with each passing
year. He joined many football clubs but because of his special ways he
was bullied in almost every club. He stood up to these people and
it was his firm and honourable stand that made him a target. He believed
that "each person was entitled to be how
God made them and they should be able to enjoy the freedom to live
remember Gary went to watch his brother Stephen play football. Gary
brought a ball to kick about with his sister Lisa. This was enough for
the bully's to start. Gary continued to play with his sister and
never showed annoyance. I quote again from Gary "keep
your head high and never mind them". This Gary managed
to do all his life, because of the strength and courage "Gar"
had. Gary shall always be our inspiration and guide through this life.
would not dwell on the above. It was football he loved most. He first
supported "Aston Villa" football club. Quickly realizing that
nobody supported Aston Villa he moved to "Spurs". The team lost
on many occasions and we all enjoyed the fun around the table at
meal times " keeping him going" about "the losers".
Gary later supported Liverpool Club. At last a team that could win
knowledge of the game is very limited, Gary was the expert of facts, figures,
rules and regulations. This included football team around the world. He
also had a love for all sports.
had a goal in life that he would one day become a football commentator.
He wrote to R.T.E. (national t.v ) asking what it takes to become a commentator
and received a nice letter in reply.
The love of Tae-Kwon-Do
love for Tae-Kwon-Do surprised us. It became a passion for Gary. Rules
governed how each person treated one another. If you had no respect for
others then you were out. Unfortunately most other clubs didn't keep these
standards and would gladly turn a "blind eye" to the bullying
which spoiled the fun for kids like Gary.
and Stephen receiving their "Red Tip" in Tae-Kwon-Do. We
were proud to see them in action together. Two brothers, two friends who
loved each other and shared a bond of great love.The
Boys in Action 31/1/1999