The funeral arrangements for John “Danny” McGee who was killed on Thanksgiving Eve after an altercation outside a Sunnyside, Queens, bar has been announced.
Local Longford newspapers have announced the funeral arrangements for the 21-year-old Irishman, John “Danny” McGee who was killed with one punch, outside The Gaslight bar, in Sunnyside, Queens on Thanksgiving Eve. His funeral will take place in his family’s hometown of Drumlish, County Longford on Wednesday.
McGee suffered a cardiac episode and died after he becomes involved in an altercation with fellow Irishman, Steven O’Brien. It has been reported that O’Brien punched McGee only once. The victim, from Drumlish, County Longford, then dropped to the ground and suffered a heart attack.
McGee, who was born in the United States, was living in New York and working as a doorman for an Upper Eastside bar. He was said to be a talented GAA and soccer player and described by those who knew him as a “gentleman”.
His family, including his mother and father, Don and Coleen, and his brother and sister, Brian and Eva, live in Longford. On Monday his mother and father traveled with McGee’s body back to Ireland.
On Tuesday the Longford Leader announced McGee’s funeral arrangements saying:
“Deeply regretted by his heartbroken family, parents Don, Colleen, brother Brian, sister Eva, Uncle Tim, Denise, cousins Daniel and Nicole USA, relatives and a large circle of friends. Rest in Peace.
Reposing at the family residence on Tuesday, November 27 from 5pm until 9pm and on Wednesday, November 28 from 2pm to 5pm and 6pm to 8pm. Family time outside reposing times.
Removal on Thursday morning, November 29 to St Mary’s Church, Drumlish for Funeral Mass at 12 noon followed by burial in local cemetery. Family flowers only with donations if desired to Pieta House.”
On Saturday, in New York, a memorial Mass was held at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church, in Woodside, for the young Irishman.
Speaking at the Mass Reverend Kevin Ables said “This is a tragedy beyond words. He spent the final hours working overtime to get the Thanksgiving dinner and all the preparations for Thanksgiving in order.
Madeline O’Boyle, who knew McGree said “He was the sweetest, funniest young man. I loved him as one of my own… I knew Danny his whole life. You just lit up when you met him.”