Limerick family hold fundraiser for charity that brought brother and son home to rest

The late John Lyne who died following a road traffic collision in Canada.

A LIMERICK family who lost their beloved son and brother in tragic circumstances in Canada earlier this year are now hoping to raise funds for the charity that brought him home to rest in Limerick.

38-year-old John Lyne from Ballysimon was tragically killed in a head-on collision in Calgary, Canada, in April of this year.

He was laid to rest in Limerick earlier this month, having been repatriated to Ireland with the help of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust (KBRT).

Now, Mr Lyne’s family are on a fundraising mission for the charity that helped to bring their beloved brother and son home.

Survived by his parents Pat and Theresa, sister Claire and brother-in-law Ken, John’s family have set a fundraising target of €25,000 for the KBRT, to thank the organisation for all the work they put in to ensure that Mr Lyne could come home to Limerick.

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“Our deepest gratitude goes to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and its founders, Colin and Eithne Bell. Within 24 hours of contacting Colin, they connected us with an international funeral director and began the process of bringing John home,” the online fundraising page reads.

The KBRT’s “compassion and the incredible network they’ve built allowed us to focus on grieving John’s loss without the overwhelming burden of repatriation,” Mr Lyne’s family wrote.

At the time of writing, the family have raised over €23,000 of their target, and are hoping for one last push to make it to the €25,000 goal.

“We pray that no family ever experiences such a loss. But knowing that people like this exist to support others in their darkest hour makes the world a little brighter,” the Lyne family wrote.

Anyone interested in donating to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust in memory of John Lyne can do so on