My brother, Patrick Gaynor, tragically died on Australia Day. I have taken time off recently as a result of his death. This is what I posted on my Facebook page shortly after Patrick’s death:
My brother, Patrick Gaynor, died in a tragic road accident on Australia Day. He was 24 years old and was serving in the Army as a Lieutenant, having graduated from RMC in June 2014.
Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with the other young man in the accident and we wish him all the best.
Patrick was loved by his parents, fiancée, 8 brothers and sisters, 23 nephews and nieces and many friends.
Patrick recently attended an Ignatian Retreat and went to Mass on the morning of Australia Day. He received the Last Rites at the scene of the accident.
Patrick was the most intensely good and just man that I ever met and we were all extremely proud of him.
Our family wishes to thank all those who have expressed their condolences. We ask for your prayers for Patrick and ourselves at this time.
Our family also wishes to thank all the Police and Ambulance personnel who attended the accident scene so swiftly. They did everything possible for Patrick, and for this we are all most grateful.
The photo above is that of Patrick on his graduation day from RMC, standing between his proud father and myself.
I would like to once again thank all the very many people who have offered their condolences or who have so generously supported my family and Patrick’s fiancée over the past few days.
I am now back at work and I have the words of my brother ringing in my ears. This is a comment he left on this webpage when I asked for help in early 2015:
Bern, God often makes you wait till the very last second before he moves to bring you out of trouble. The evil you face is not Gary Burns, he is simply an agent of the true enemy, it is not the Gay / Islamic / military / political muppet organisations, these are simply small groups used by the enemy to enact his chaos and disorder on the world and over turn the natural order and natural law laid down by God. The true enemy is a dark and intimidating enemy indeed that would make you think he has everything in his control. And you could almost say he does, but for one thing. He is still subject to the authority of God. He has shaped up against Him before and was smashed.
Stay true to the task set before you Bern and God will not forget you. He saw the Templars victorious in many battles against the Turks, He saw the Catholics through the great battle of Lepanto, He will see you through this as well. You just have to trust Him. Keep up the good work, direct all glory to God and things will work themselves out.