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GALLERY: A Subdued, Quiet Funeral Ceremony for Kyle McGetrick, Barnegat's Beloved Son

A long procession of fire trucks passed slowly through the streets of Barnegat, giving Kyle his last ride to St. Mary's.

Aboout 250 people gathered today at St. Mary's Parish of Barnegat to attend the funeral for Kyle McGetrick, who passed away last week at the age of 12.

Kyle was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of five, seven years ago.

The procession slowly made its way down West Bay Avenue with the casket resting atop of a Barnegat Fire Department engine. The engine was was led by a police motorcade from Stafford and Ocean township police departments.

Father Ken Tuzeney of St. Mary's Church, who performed a traditional Catholic service, said that those who have gathered to see Kyle off today, came together in grief to say "thank you" to Kyle, for the difference he had made in their lives touched by his courage.

"We cannot change the wind, but we can change our sails," Tuzeney said. "Kyle did."

Kyle's sister Mariah, 17, shared funny memories of her brother. She spoke about the candles around the room reminding her of Kyle's warmth.

"You will always be the man of honor on my wedding day," she said.

 

 

Silver dollar May 11, 2012 at 09:51 PM
What a honor for a little boy ,He will live in the hearts of a lot of people in barnegat forever . There is a old saying , You are not gone until you are forgotten. But this young man will never be forgotten . God bless him and his family.
Bill Cox May 12, 2012 at 01:29 AM
It was a stunning ceremony for a little boy who left us far too soon. The Good Lord let the bright sunlight shine down upon Barnegat today as this town proved that can learn dignity and honor from someone like Kyle. I never had the pleasure of meeting Kyle when he was here with us, I hope to meet him someday in the future. God Bless.
Bill Cox May 12, 2012 at 01:30 AM
It was a stunning ceremony for a little boy who left us far too soon. The Good Lord let the bright sunlight shine down upon Barnegat today as this town proved that it can learn dignity and honor from someone like Kyle. I never had the pleasure of meeting Kyle when he was here with us, I hope to meet him someday in the future. God Bless.
Bob B May 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Kyle was an amazing young man a good example for young and old alike. He will always be remembered, God Bless him and his family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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