Funeral services for Joseph Patrick Rainey, 20, were held on Monday, April 22, at St. Anthonys Church, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Joseph died Friday, April 19 at Belfast City Hospital.
Joseph was born on January 28, 1993 in Belfast, and was a life resident. He attended Corpus Christi College, where he enjoyed playing on the soccer team, and later attended Springvale Technical School. He participated at the Matt Talbot Youth Center, and enjoyed watching the World Cup. He rooted for Manchester United.
Every July, from 2004-2007, Joseph came to Canton through Project Children, a program that brings children from Belfast to America, where they can enjoy a peaceful summer, and see that Catholics and Protestants co-exist in a cooperative manner. While in Canton, Joseph participated in the Canton Pee Wee U-17 soccer program, where he was affectionately known as Irish Joe. Joseph also enjoyed swimming at Taylor Park, participating in several vacation Bible schools, attending the Canton Free Library Summer Programs, and making trips to Ottawa and Niagara Falls. He attended the Canton Presbyterian Church during his summers here. He especially enjoyed close friendships with Ron, Liz, Mariah, Kaleb, Roswell and Ron Kaiser; Mark, Susan, Eric and Matt Mende; and Rev. Mike Catanzaro.
Left to cherish Josephs memory is his host mother, Judy Rheome-DeSantis, host father Steven DeSantis, host siblings Cole, Hunter and Kendall Grace DeSantis, all of Canton; his parents, Sarah and Thomas Bradley, sister Megan Rainey and brother Nathan Rainey, grandmother Margaret Keenan, and aunts Kathy and Mary Rainey, all of Belfast; cousins Chloe, Parse and Deaglan Rainey of Belfast; and Emma Rainey of Leuven, Belgium.
Joseph was predeceased by his grandfather, Joseph Campbell, and an uncle and aunt.
Donations in Joes memory may be made to Project Children Syracuse, c/o Kathleen Kelly, 116 Buckley Square Apartments, 6715 Buckley Rd., North Syracuse, NY 13212.
Immense gratitude is offered to those who enriched Josephs experience while in America. May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face and rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.