الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

Funeral for bin lorry crash family

Jack Sweeney, Lorraine Sweeney with granddaughter Erin McQuadeJack Sweeney and his wife Lorraine with their 18-year-old granddaughter Erin McQuade

A funeral service is due to be held for three members of the same family killed in the Glasgow bin lorry crash.

Mourners will gather at St Patrick’s RC Church in Dumbarton to remember Jack Sweeney, his wife Lorraine and their 18-year-old granddaughter Erin McQuade.

They died after being struck by an out-of-control bin lorry which crashed in George Square in the city centre three days before Christmas.

Three other people lost their lives and 10 others were injured.

The requiem mass will be celebrated by the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, followed by private burials.

At a service of remembrance held in the city in the days following the crash Archbishop Tartaglia told of comforting Mr and Mrs Sweeney’s daughter and Erin’s mother, Jacqueline McQuade, on the evening of the crash.

philip tartagliaArchbishop Philip Tartaglia (right) will be the celebrant for the requiem mass

Flowers and candles have been left in Royal Exchange Square near where the lorry first went out of control People have left flowers and candles in tribute to the victims

He said he was “privileged to be permitted to spend some time with one of the families who had been cruelly devastated”.

“I tried to console them and comfort them. We spoke and we cried and we were silent before the abyss of their loss and the random meaninglessness of what had happened,” he said.

The crash also claimed the lives of primary school teacher Stephenie Tait, 29, from Glasgow, Gillian Ewing, 52, from Edinburgh; and Jacqueline Morton, 51, from Glasgow.

Earlier this week more than 1,000 people stood in silence during a two-minute vigil for the victims in the city’s Royal Exchange Square.

People have left floral tributes and candles in the area, where the lorry first went out of control.

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