Heartbreak as brave  Archie (16) passes away 

‘Our hearts are smashed into millions of pieces’ 

There was heartbreak all across Roscommon and indeed further afield on Thursday following the untimely death of brave, young Archie Naughton (16) at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.

  Eldest son of Padraic and Paula Naughton, Archie along with his two brothers, George and Isaac, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2012.

  Archie displayed tremendous courage following his diagnosis and was an inspiration not just to his own family, but also to people across Roscommon and further afield too.

  The orange-clad ‘Team Archie’ became a common sight on the Dublin streets each autumn, completing a number of Dublin City Marathons with Archie as team leader, and making many friends along the way. 

  Recently, however, Archie had been admitted to the Mater Hospital due to heart failure as a result of his illness and sadly passed away on Thursday morning.

  Posting on Facebook on Thursday afternoon (yesterday), Archie’s mum Paula wrote: “As parents, our only concern ever is to protect our children. However, sometimes things happen that you have absolutely no control over. Duchenne is one such thing.

  “Our beautiful, heroic son Archie John has died and our hearts are smashed into millions of pieces. We shall never recover.

  “We already miss his presence, his warmth, his love, his humour, his tenacity and his infectious, beautiful smile. The void he has left is vast and dark and catastrophic. 

  “Archie did not want to leave us and he fought and fought to stay here. He so many dreams and plans for the future. Duchenne has robbed him of so, so much. 

  “Forever in our hearts and minds and forever 16-years-old. Thank you most sincerely Archie, for showing us how to live life to the full and for never, ever giving up. We will love you forever Archie and we are so, so proud of you”. 

  Archie Naughton will be very sadly missed by his heartbroken family, his grandmother Nana Kerr, his uncles, aunts, cousins, neighbours, school mates, his many good friends and by all those who supported him throughout his illness.

  Reposing at Smyth’s Funeral Home, Roscommon, on Saturday afternoon from 3 pm to 6 pm (in light of the current Covid spike, this will be strictly walk-through only, without the shaking of hands). Removal from his home on Monday morning at 10.15 am to the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon (via Castle Street) arriving for Mass of the Resurrection at 11 am. Burial afterwards in St. Coman’s Cemetery. 

  For those wishing to offer their sympathies, we suggest using the online condolence link below. The Naughton family very much appreciate your support at this time and are aware that people wish to offer their condolences but kindly request that this is done in a socially distanced way. Family flowers only. House private please. 

  Please note that the funeral Mass will be broadcast in the Roscommon town area on the Parish Radio 105.9 FM and can also be viewed live on Monday at 11 am.