Statement issued by the Diocese of Ferns on behalf of the Keevey, Ryan and Alexander families

10 Dec 2017

It is with great sorrow that our family and friends unite – across the Atlantic Ocean – to mourn the passing of Lily, Doug, Steven and Doug Jnr Alexander.

They were generous, loving and fun.

As well as their love for the family in America, they opened their hearts and homes to all who travelled from here in Ireland to visit with them.

They greatly enjoyed their regular trips to Ireland, with their final trip here to say farewell to Lily’s sister, Winnie. May she too Rest In Peace.

They will be greatly missed but we are left with wonderful memories of great times spent together both here and in Oak Lawn, USA.

Our whole family appreciates all of the kind words and support which we have received, and we ask for privacy as we grieve at this sad time.

Our family deeply appreciates the work of all first responders and the ongoing assistance of civil and community services. Our deep gratitude goes to the local parish and Church community. We thank you all.

Our family asks that the media respects our need for privacy at this time.

Journalists are respectfully asked to refrain from photography and filming within the funeral home and the church building tomorrow at the Funeral Mass (Monday at noon).


· Bishop Denis Brennan is the Bishop of Ferns

For media contact: Father John Carroll, Diocesan Secretary, Bishop’s House, Summerhill, Wexford, Diocese of Ferns on [email protected] and on +353 (0) 87 9898424; Martin Long, Catholic Communications Office, Maynooth, on +353 (0) 86 172 7678.