Belfast man dies in Spanish balcony fall

Published Tuesday, 16 October 2012
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The family of a west Belfast man who died after falling from a balcony while on holiday in Spain said they have been inundated with messages of sympathy.

Gary Lavery, 44 and from the Andersonstown Road area, died just hours after he arrived in the Costa Brava on Monday.

Stevey Lavery told UTV he got a phone call to say his brother, who arrived in Spain at around 9pm, had fallen two storeys from the balcony just before midnight.

"They worked on him for a while, but they couldn't do anything," he explained.

Gary was a grandfather to two little boys, and his mum Betty Lavery said the whole family is extremely close.

"He just loved every minute of his life with the kids ... We did not get on like children and mummies. We were very, very close, we could talk about anything to each other.

"He had a heart that size," his mother added, holding out her arms.

Mrs Lavery said the barber, who was well-known in the west of the city, was called "the legend".

"He was very popular and well known and very good to everybody," she said. "If anybody was in trouble, they all went to the shop."

Also widely known as Chub, Mr Lavery said Gary had a big personality and friends have been contacting their family to offer condolences.

"He will be sorely missed," he added. "He pulled a few people out of a few holes."

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23 Comments
Edmund Hughes in Kuwait wrote (543 days ago):
Chubb u loved life and a good party. I'm sure you and your ur Da Franky will be havin a few pints an a wee bet in the bookies wherever you are. Sincerely Eddie and Grainne Hughes
Louisa in Wales wrote (551 days ago):
I was at the hotel and heard of the tragic news in the early hrs after returning from a night out. Hotel had a sad atmosphere after that . So tragic, thoughts are with family and those who were with him that night xxxxx
anto in belfast wrote (551 days ago):
what 2 school with chubb what a g8 guy will b sadly missed by every 1
MIDGE in Beechmount wrote (553 days ago):
SORRY TO HEAR THIS MY THOUGHTS R WITH UR FAMILY AT THIS TIME I WAS ON THE SAME BUS DROPPING OFF THE PEOPLE TIL THERE HOTELS U AND UR MATE WAS SOME CRACK THERE WAS A BIT OFF A SING SONG AND AFTER WE STOPPED AT R HOTEL U SAID ENJOY UR HOLIDAY.MY KIDS WILL NEVER FORGET U BECAUSE U WERE SO FUNNY.R.I.P.
Tracy l in West Belfast wrote (553 days ago):
chub will be sorely missed you were one of life's true gentlemen you always had a smile for every one. Prayers for your mummy and your family. Go party with the angels now x
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