After winning £390,000 at the age of 16, one of the UK’s youngest National Lottery winner died abruptly at the age of 23.
When Callum Fitzpatrick won the life-changing money, he was working at his parent’s grocery store.
When he was babysitting for his Aunt Geraldine in 2014, the Manchester United fan from Ballymartin, County Down, realized he had the winning numbers.
According to the Mirror, he said at the time that when he was 17, he hoped to acquire a car and go to Old Trafford to watch his side play.
Ballymartin GAC, his local football team, was “truly shocked and grieved by the tragic abrupt demise of our friend and teammate,” according to a spokesman.
They said, “Whole community of Ballymartin and the surrounding Mourne area is sad.”
Ballymartin GAC, his local football team, was ‘truly shocked and grieved by the awful abrupt demise of our friend and teammate,’ according to a statement.
‘’We all will miss Callum at Ballymartin GAC’’.
“A nice, educated young man who was a terrific friend and comrade tragically passed away too soon.”
Out of respect, the club has halted on-field activity at its facilities until further notice.
Callum, who lived in Belfast, died on Tuesday in an undetermined manner.
He is survived by his parents Colin and Sheila, as well as his sisters Tierna, Corragh, and Meagh.
Those who knew Callum have paid respect to him.
Susan Hayes penned the following: “Callum, you were always a gentleman! My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you. Keep in mind the wonderful experiences you’ve made together.”
He was a “wonderful person inside and out,” according to Erin O’Hanlon.
Eamonn Mac An Bhaird went on to say: “Cullum’s quick wit, sense of humour, smile, and sense of flair will be missed. So, Callum, rest in peace.”
At his funeral in Massforth on Friday, mourners characterised his loss as “absolutely terrible.”
Callum had graduated from Ulster University with a Civil Engineering degree.
‘Callum’s quick wit, sense of humour, smile, and flair will be missed.’
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