‘We loved him for the magic he brought into our lives’

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“He was a character and my best friend.” These are the words of Mick McGinley, remembering his twin brother Martin, who died earlier this year.

Martin was born on April 1, 1969 and died on March 9, 2011.

He was a well-known face on the Calderdale music scene, playing with his brother as part of the band The McGinleys.

Around 1,000 people crammed into Halifax Irish Centre, West Parade, Halifax, and surrounding pubs following his funeral to share their memories.

Martin and Mick were the youngest children to Con and Nora and had two sisters Bridget and Dee.

He was a popular child and a quick learner, developing talents in many fields.

He excelled both academically and at sport at school and represented the Catholic High School and Calderdale Schoolboys at football. Many of his teachers attended his funeral.

Close friend Nick Sellers said: “Martin was generous with his time and always happy to listen to others.

“He faced some great challenges and difficulties in his life. Despite these, he remained cheerful and a source of pleasure to his family and many friends.”

A promising footballer, Martin attended Bobby Charlton’s School of Football Excellence before starting work as an apprentice at Fawcett Toolmakers.

Martin was found dead at his father’s home in March this year. Last week a coroner recorded a verdict that he had killed himself.

Mr Sellers said: “His love of music and the craic was unrivalled. Martin took such pleasure from the company of his many, many friends and they in return loved him for the pleasure he bought into their lives.

“His encouragement and appreciation of others’ music was a mark of his generosity.

“He was quick to praise and even quicker to smile – and always with a twinkle in his eye.

“Martin was just great, great company. His family and friends miss him. He was loved dearly and the world is a poorer place for his passing.”