Marius Beattie was one of life’s true gentlemen and somebody who would do anything for anybody, his family have said.

The 55-year-old died from a brain haemorrhage on Monday, May 2.

Speaking to the Impartial Reporter on Tuesday, the family told how Marius had a keen interest in all kinds of sports, from rowing to darts, would do anything to help others and loved getting away on holiday.

Educated at St. Michael’s Primary School and St. Joseph’s College, Enniskillen, Marius worked in the bread department in ASDA where he made many a friend and was always ready for a chat.

“He was just a very caring person. He would do anything for you,” said Marius’ family. He was always thinking of others and was a caring person.His work colleagues have come up here and said he was great to work with.”

Always willing to help

Always willing to help, Marius would turn on his heel and head out if his wife, Catherine, needed anything or if he had to call to his mother’s house.

He also made sure to check in on some of the elderly neighbours around him: “He and Catherine enjoy looking after other people because they have lost members of their own family and they have learned from it.”

And in ASDA even though he worked in the bread department if anybody asked for help looking for other items he would be on his way with them, helping them find it and chatting away.

This caring side of Marius also manifested whenever he went on holiday his family explains: “He got married in Rome and has been there twice since that.

“But when he goes away his character changes and he gets more caring and he sorts everything out for everybody. He takes over. He was more of a happy person when he was away on holiday.”

When he wasn’t helping others, Marius took in many sports.

He was a member of the Enniskillen Gaels hurling team in 1990 that won the County Championship, a big Manchester United fan with a keen interest in snooker, dart, boating and rowing.

“Other members of the family are Arsenal, Leeds and Nottingham Forest fans, so there was good banter,” they said.

“Marius liked watching darts, he was big into the darts.

“He would see Brendan Dolan in ASDA and he knew him well. Marius was just a big fan, always chatting him about the darts.”

Since his death, there have been many people calling at the house and the positive words have been a comfort to Marius’s family through such a difficult time.

“He was just a true gentleman. Just a very caring person and you don’t hear that much nowadays.”

Much loved husband of Catherine (nee Henderson), dearly loved son of Peggy and the late Vincent Beattie, loved and cherished brother of Seamus (Anne), Paul, Annette Sweeney (Nigel), Fergal, Oliver (Margaret) and the late Martin, Marius’s funeral took place on Wednesday, May 4 at St. Michael’s Church followed by interment in Cross Cemetery.

Deeply regretted by his loving wife, mother, sister, brothers, brother and sisters in law, nieces, nephews, extended family, work colleagues, friends and neighbours.

Funeral arrangements by John McKeegan Funeral Undertaker.