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Remembering Stephen Fleck | Family says ‘thank you’

The family of well-known Stephen Fleck would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped Stephen and have been there. Sadly, Stephen lost his battle for life on Friday 5 March 2021, after contracting Covid-19 and being in the Nightingale Hospital’s ICU for five weeks.

Stephen Fleck, was born with Down Syndrome on 1 July 1966, along with his twin brother Brian. He was much loved by his family and by everyone who knew him.

Stephen’s family commented:

“We would like to thank all the consultants, the doctors and all the nurses who looked after Stephen, and done their very best. We also would like to thank Tracy who was very helpful at arranging the zoom calls with Stephen.

“Stephen attended the George Sloan Centre in Ballymena for 36 years. He was also in The NI Special Pool Association.

“Stephen had lots of special friends at the George Sloan Centre, and to our surprise, on the day of Stephen’s funeral (Monday 8 March) there were lots of his wee friends at the bottom of the lane to say their goodbyes. So, thank you George Sloan Centre one and all.

“Also another surprise waiting along the road were two black horses, and a beautiful carriage arranged by Stephen’s twin brother Brian, to take Stephen the last three miles to his resting place.

“We as a family would like to thank Joe Cunning Funeral Directors, for a first class and a perfect send off for Stephen. Catherine for her beautiful singing, and also neighbours and friends who attended, rang or helped in any way.

“We would also like to thank each and everyone of you all for your continued prayers for Stephen.

“We would also say a big thank you to Jack Pollock for the lovely service at the home, and the Reverend John Greer and the Reverend Stewart for their lovely service at the graveside.

The family continued: “We also would like to say a big thank you to Stephens niece, Laura, who arranged our zoom calls, and also being in with Stephen, holding his hand at the end of life - greatly appreciated by us all. Laura was able to be with Stephen as she was fit tested to wear the mask.

“Thanks to one and all. Everything was very much appreciated. Stephen was our special brother. We all miss you loads and will love you forever Stephen Xx.”

Safe in the Arms of Jesus

Written from twin brother Brian, Jim, Roberta, Eddie, Kenneth and our late sister Reta. Also all Stephen‘s nephews and nieces.

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