A loving father, a dedicated garda
'HE had a kind and caring nature, and he loved helping people.'
Colleagues and friends of David Bolger stood in his honour in driving wind and rain on Saturday at St Michael's Church, Gorey.
The tragic death of 31-year-old David from Ashwood Grove and Kilmuckridge last Wednesday has devastated all who knew and loved him. He was the loving father of Joshua (10), Jack (5), and Kate (3), beloved son of PJ and Julie, much loved big brother of Joe, Zoe, Shauna, and Leann, and a highly-respected member of An Garda Síochána in Co Wicklow. He died in a single vehicle road traffic collision at Wells on Wednesday night. His car was discovered by a passing motorist at 11.40 p.m.
St Michael's Church was packed to capacity on Saturday for his Funeral Mass. Tokens of his life laid at the altar included his Garda hat and gloves; a picture of his three children whom he adored; a sketch he drew during his recently renewed enthusiasm for art; and a Boolavogue United jersey with whom he played.
In the eulogy read on behalf of David's family, his childhood friend Aoife Parle spoke of his kind and caring nature, and how he loved helping people. She spoke of his love of his work, his job, and of the lengths he would go to for his friends, and he had many of them, especially among his colleagues in the gardaí.
Most of all, she said, David was devoted to his children, and he was very close to his family, and a beloved big brother and eldest son. He was educated in Gorey before going on to train with An Garda Síochána in Templemore. He qualified in November 2006. He was first stationed in Bray, and then went to Newtownmounkennedy in 2010.
Mourners at the funeral from An Garda Síochána were led by Assistant Commissioner for the midland region Fintan Fanning, with a strong presence from members of the Wicklow Garda Division led by Chief Superintendent Patrick Mangan. The Government was represented by Chief Whip Paul Kehoe.
In an appreciation written by his colleagues, they said: 'David was very much loved and respected by both his colleagues and the community he served with dedication and commitment since graduating from the Garda College in Templemore in 2006.
'He was the epitome of a community garda. He had a logical and common sense approach to his duties and undertook each one with skill, professionalism and caring. On behalf of the entire Wicklow Division we extend our deepest sympathies to the members of David's family and his many friends.'
David will be sadly missed by his father, mother, brother, sisters, sons, daughter, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, relatives and his Garda Síochána friends.