The family of a North West Regional College (NWRC) student who died tragically in the city last year, have accepted a posthumous award in his honour.
Jordan McConomy had been studying for a Level 3 qualification in Carpentry and Joinery at NWRC’s Springtown Campus, when his life was tragically cut short in September 2017.
On Friday the family attended an awards ceremony at the Millennium Forum celebrating more than 250 of the best of the college’s further education learners studying courses at Level 1, 2 and 3.
During the event Jordan’s sister Zara accepted the award in his memory, from NWRC’s Department Head of Training and Skills, Karen Moore. A number of his former students and peers were in the audience.
Speaking after the event NWRC lecturer Brian Glenn, who taught the 19 year-old at the college’s Springtown Campus said: “Jordan was an exceptional student who was well liked and respected by the staff and students at the college.
“He had a very mature approach to his studies and I have no doubt with his talent and skill he would have gone far. The college would have liked to be giving the award to Jordan himself today, however we are grateful to the McConomy family for allowing us the opportunity to remember and pay our respects to a special young man.”
John Hannaway of JJ Joinery, who employed Jordan as part of his course at NWRC, described him as accomplished young man with a strong work ethic.
He said: “Jordan was a wonderful person to be around and always wanted to learn more. He gave 100% to every task put in front of him and was extremely gifted in the field of Joinery. He is sadly missed by his friends at JJ Joinery and the many customers he worked with.”
Jordan’s mother Andrena McConomy said: “I am deeply moved that North West Regional College have decided to remember Jordan with this special award, on a day when so many of his fellow students have also been awarded prizes.
“Recognising and celebrating Jordan’s achievements has meant a lot to the family and helped us as we come to terms with his loss.
“Jordan loved his time at the Springtown Campus, he had many friends there, and was looking forward to completing his course and going on to work in Joinery.
“We as a family are very grateful to have this award to remember Jordan and we are glad that we were able to be here today to collect it on his behalf.”