Funeral details for ‘celebration of life’ of OAP Thomas O’Halloran stabbed to death on mobility scooter

THE funeral details for murdered pensioner Tom O’Halloran have been released after he was stabbed to death in London last month.

The 87-year-old grandad fell victim to an attack in Greenford, West London, on August 18.


Thomas O’Halloran, 87, is warmly remembered by his communityCredit: PA:Press Association

A man was charged with murdering Mr O’Halloran by stabbing him to death in the chest as he rode his mobility scooter.

Plans for a “celebration of life” for Tom have been announced by a local GAA team in London.

The funeral will take place on Saturday October 1 at 12 noon at The Visitation Church, Greenford, London with internment at Greenford Park Cemetery.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held afterwards at Tir Conaill Gaels Clubhouse, Berkeley Avenue, Greenford, UB6 0NZ.

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President Higgins earlier expressed his condolences to Mr O’Halloran’s family yesterday saying he left a “legacy of kindness” to his community.

He said: “On behalf of the people of Ireland, may I express my profound sympathy to all the members of the family of Thomas O’Halloran who died under such tragic circumstances this week, to the Irish Community in London of whom he was a part, and to all in London and Ireland who knew him.

“I can only imagine the deep shock that his family and his friends are experiencing and may I convey my heartfelt condolences to them all.

“The grief that they will be feeling, I can share. It is so difficult to understand why and how such a terrible crime could occur to someone so altruistically minded and indeed cherished in his local community in Greenford.

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“May I pay tribute to that generosity and kindness that Thomas showed in his life, as well as to Thomas’s musical talent which he shared so freely, most recently in support of those impacted by the situation in Ukraine.

“I hope that Thomas’ family and friends can draw strength from the legacy of kindness he leaves to the wider Irish community in Britain, of which he was a member for so long.

“Sabina joins me in renewing our deepest condolences to all of those who loved and cared for Thomas.

“May he rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam lámhach.”

Lee Byer, 44, was arrested at an address in Southall, two miles from the murder scene.

He appeared at Willesden Magistrates’ Court charged with his murder on August 19.

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Byer, from Southall, west London, stood in the dock wearing grey prison-issue tracksuit bottoms and T-shirt, with a sweater tied around his waist.

He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and that he was of no fixed abode.

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