Irish community mourns as family pays tribute to ‘one in a million young men’ after his tragic death


Tributes poured in for a young man from Co Wexford who tragically died over the weekend.

Justin Butler, 21, of Coolcotts, died on Saturday evening.

The youngster, better known as ‘The Juggers’, worked as a chef at Kilkea Castle and was a beloved member of his local community.

His heartbroken family described him as “one in a million” who was “always smiling” and took great pride in his work.

Justin’s sister Kayleigh paid tribute, saying: “I don’t even know what to say…I’ve lost the most generous and loving little brother, my baby Juggers. God really only takes the best and you was one in a million.

“You are forever in our hearts and you always will be. I love you and will miss you every day of my life. The memories will never fade my little brother, the bond we all shared, the fights that we all got on the xbox, or you always use my hairbrush to brush your hair.

Justin Butler.

“You were the one who made sure everyone was well before your needs, because it’s you as a person and that’s why we love you so much. You had your whole beautiful life ahead of you, your skills culinary and chef skills and your working life in Kilkea.

“You had such a passion for it and you were always talking about the progress you had made and showing us pictures of your dishes and how many covers you made for dinner!

“Life is cruel my little brother, really. You were always smiling, always! If only I could see you again a little longer, then we could sit and talk again like we always have.

“You have always meant a lot and you always will too.

“The fact that you are no longer here will always cause me pain, you will be forever and ever in our hearts.

“My handsome, handsome little brother, sleep well until we meet again but I’ll make sure to bring two pints of Heineken, one for you and me and we’ll continue our talks then. It’s never one at all. Seeing my brother again is until we see each other again.”

Her sister Kinesha added that “no words can describe the pain” after her death.

“It was always me and you against the world little brother, I love you more than you will ever know,” she said.

“Your laugh, your smile, your jokes, your soft heart and all the memories I have, I will never forget. You will always be with me.

“Thank you all for your messages and support during this time, I really appreciate them. Rest easy bro, until we meet again.”

Justin will be laid to rest Thursday after resting at a local funeral home on Wednesday.

His mother Collette requested on Tuesday that her son’s friends “bring a favorite story or song” to the funeral.

“My beautiful son Justin Butler is home now,” she said.

“Family only today at Kearney’s and tomorrow open to anyone who would like to see him, visit him sit down and chat with him. 12oc tomorrow Wednesday at Kearney’s!

“Bring a favorite story or song, I know he would love to see all his friends, co-workers, gym mates, just anyone who wants to see him again xxx.

“Moving to Clonard Church on Thursday for noon mass and burial in Crosstown afterwards… We will then be returning to White’s for a bite to see and a drink with Justin.

Justin Butler.
Justin Butler.

“Flowers if you guys like it, we’ll have a little donation box at the top of the church for Suicide Charity (yet to be decided).”

Justin’s girlfriend Katie also paid tribute, describing him as “the most loving and caring person for everyone”.

She said “I will forever remember you as the best person I have ever met. You are one of a kind and left us heartbroken.

“No time with you would have been enough, you never failed to make people smile, you were the most loving and caring person for everyone. Rest well Justin Butler, until that we meet again.”

While a colleague added: “I’m at a loss for words, so many memories. Always remember the laughs we had and the demons we did at work. You were truly one in a million.

“I’ll never forget your smile and cheeky laugh. Until we meet again. RIP brother.”

Justin was also a talented sportsman and two local teams remembered the weekend as a popular young man.

The GAA Club of St Joseph said on Saturday: “Sad news tonight of the untimely passing of St Joseph player Justin Butler or Juggers as he was best known at just 21 years old.

“Juggers have been playing with us for less than 12 years and were very popular with their fellow players. We send our deepest condolences to Juggers’ family and friends.”

Wexford Albion FC added: “We have received the devastating news that former player Justin ‘Juggers’ Butler has passed away at the age of 21.

“Juggers played with Albion throughout his schooling. He was a very popular young man who was full of life, laughter and fun. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. Rest in peace Juggers. “

Justin is dearly missed by his mother, father, three sisters, brother, grandparents, aunts, cousins, extended family and wide circle of friends.

He will be laid to rest at JJ Kearney Funeral Home on Wednesday from noon before his funeral mass at noon Thursday.

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