PHOTOS: Memorial For Son Of Mick Kelly's Manager; Benefit Is May 6th
Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer
When a spouse dies, the surviving partner is called a “widow” or “widower.”
But what can one possibly call a parent whose young child dies a terrible, tragic death?
The grief one must feel when ones’ own child dies tragically is so incredibly severe there really can be no name for it, so we’ll just leave it as that â€“ unnameable.
Such is the case with Dermot Owens, longtime Manager and bartender at Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub. His grief is most certainly unnameable now, as he lost his five-year old son Shea in a tragic accident when he was run over by Dermot’s SUV at their home in Newcastle last Friday (April 16).
“What a great Father he was,” said Mick Purdy, co-owner of Mick Kelly’s, and Dermot’s boss. “We all saw Shea grow up right here, running around the place. To have this tragedy happen is just unbelievable. We’re all in a state of shock…”
UPDATE: There will be a benefit concert for Dermot at Mick Kelly’s on Thursday, May 6th starting at 6:00pm, with live music and a raffle to raise money so Dermot can take time to be with his friends and family.
The Burien branch of Key Bank (655 Southwest 152nd Street â€¢ 206-241-9348) has set up an account called “The Little Shea Memorial Fund” where people can donate to help fund Shea’s funeral, which will be held this Thursday (April 22) at 11am at St. Mary’s Church (611 20th Avenue South, Seattle), with a wake afterwards at the Glen Acres Golf Course (call Mick Kelly’s for more details: 206-246-2473).
Also, here are other ways to help Dermot and his family out:
- Donate using PayPal: Click here to donate directly to the memorial fund online.
You can also make a cash or check donation in person at:
- Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Burien
- Mick Kelly’s at Full Throttle Bar & Grill in Renton
- A Terrible Beauty Irish Pub in Renton
- The Celtic Swell Pub & Restaurant on Alki in West Seattle
Donations will be used to pay for Shea’s service as well as for the Father’s time off from work. You can donate at any Key Bank location.
Here’s a Photo Slideshow of the memorial by Scott Schaefer (be sure your speakers are turned on):