The minister of Drumgooland Parish Church said Aaron Macauley ‘touched so many hearts and lives’ during his funeral address on Friday.
A large crowd of mourners came to the church to pay their respects to the 10-year-old, who died on Tuesday afternoon following an accident on the family farm.
Rev. Michael Davidson, who conducted the thanksgiving service, described the moment he heard the news.
“I felt an instant chill go through me and a sick feeling in my stomach,” he said.
“I could think of only one ten year old boy who lived on a farm on the Rathfriland Road and I desperately hoped and prayed it could not be the case while knowing in my heart of hearts it was.
“Not long after came a phone call from one of my elders confirming those worst fears.”
Drawing comparisons to the biblical figure, David, Rev Davidson believed that Aaron’s special calling in life was to bring joy to all who knew him.
“He brought great joy to his parents Maurice and Wendy when he born on April 14, 2003. He brought joy to his brothers and sisters, his grandparents, his aunts and uncles throughout his life, he brought joy to us as a congregation here and to the staff and pupils of Drummadonnell Primary School and to all those in the community who knew him,” the minister added.
“I know that these last few days have been days filled with tears and sadness at our loss and yet even in the midst of that in the house I have also heard the sound of laughter and that has been as people shared stories about Aaron.
“That was Aaron’s ministry - to spread joy.”