A LIMERICK man who died in a mountain bike accident in the United States two weeks ago has been laid to rest in his native city.
Eddie Crean, 43, a father-of-one who grew up in Mayorstone, was remembered at his funeral mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Saturday as somebody full of life, warmth and generosity.
He had left Limerick over 20 years ago to make a new life in the United States, living for most of that time in Boston.
Eddie was training for a charity cycle when he took a hard fall on a biking track in Denver on June 30. He had moved to Denver with his partner Christina Trotta only three weeks before the tragedy occurred. A lover of adventure sports and the great outdoors, Eddie had only begun to explore the wilds around Colorado.
“When someone so young as Edmond had been taken from us suddenly and tragically, tears are bound to flow,” Fr Martin Crean, an uncle of the deceased, told mourners.
“That is particularly so for one so young and so full of life. And what a life he led, a life full of adventure,” said Fr Crean.
He also remembered his nephew’s generosity in putting him up during Ireland’s World Cup adventure in the United States in 1994.
“Edmond gave me his bedroom and gave me his bed. I was so selfish I never asked where he was going to sleep but I learned the next morning that he had slept on the couch. But that was Edmond, kind and hospitable to all and sundry,” said Fr Crean.
While he had left Limerick in the 1990s, his many friends in the city had not forgotten about Eddie Crean. A former member of both Limerick Boat Club and Shannon Rowing Club, Mr Crean’s remains were carried on Friday night over the bridge which divides them. Members of the both clubs formed a guard of honour as the cortege made its way over Sarsfield Bridge.
That so many people from Limerick had remembered Eddie and that people had travelled from areas as farflung as Alaska and Bali was an indication in itself of the esteem in which he was held, Fr Crean said.
Eddie Crean was buried at Mount St Oliver and is survived by parents Theresa and Jack, partner Christina, 18-year-old son Mark, sisters Linda and Stephanie, relatives and friends.