‘Patrick couldn’t bear the pain of losing little girl’ – Tributes at Anna Krieger’s father’s funeral

Family photo galleries about love, laughter, warm summer days by the lake, and the good life of living together.

Each photo shows Patrick Krieger and his beloved daughter Anna happily snuggling up, each radiating the same wide smiles as the other.

Then the images of the loving father and daughter suddenly stopped, and everything was not like before.

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Geraldine Kriegel, wife of the late Patrick Krieger, arrives at Newland Cross Crematorium for a funeral. Photo Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

“What happened changed everything. For Patrick, a light went out,” mourners were told at the funeral at Newland Cross Crematorium yesterday.

His wife Geraldine said it was “an honour and a privilege” to be Patrick’s wife of 36 years, calling him “my best friend, soulmate, everything to me”.

Their life together is full of adventure, madness and fun.

“And then came the grief, what we’ve been through…life isn’t the same anymore. My dear Patrick couldn’t bear the pain of losing his little girl,” she said.

Mourners at the ceremony included barrister Brendan Grehan SC, who served as prosecutor in the 2019 murder trial following the death of 14-year-old Ana Kriegél. Close friend Catherine Murphy was also in attendance.

Geraldine Kriegel, in pre-recorded words, called their marriage “a beautiful poem that became the story of our life together.”

“He took me to a place I couldn’t imagine – a world of happiness, passion and excitement.”

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Murdered schoolgirl Anna Krieger.Photo: Pennsylvania

Life in Ireland suits his temperament well, and he has become a master of the art of slag making. But, originally from Paris, he loved French culture and did his best to educate them, she added.

“I always knew I was lucky to find such a rare and sparkling gem in our vast world,” she said.

They always find it easy to express their love for each other. Geraldine said it was “very difficult” for them to become a family, but when Anna and Aaron came into their lives it was worth the wait.

“Our lives have turned into a whirlwind of adventure and madness. I can’t tell you how much fun we had together,” she said of winter skiing and summer beach holidays and their “tiny house” in Annecy, in the French Alps .

“He’s my rock. My love for him is infinite—just as my pain is infinite.”

Simple service accompanied by the eclectic mix of beautiful music they enjoyed together, accompanied by a profound poignancy, the coffin gently faded from sight, do not leave Me – (do not leave Me).

Undertaker heard that Patrick enriched the lives of his colleagues, students and everyone who knew him with his kindness, sense of humor and “contagious conspiracy laughter”.

People felt comfortable in his company, regardless of his intelligence, because he was a good listener.

His compassion and his deep ability to forgive are recalled.

Geraldine’s brother Kevin talks about the “wonderful Parisian café vibe” that Patrick has effortlessly created.

“He was always listening, always there, always ready to engage and help,” he said.

Friend Erin Connor spoke of a man who, despite spending his life in Ireland, was a “true French”. “He’s really unique because he’s a Frenchman with a sense of humor — and an Irish sense of humor,” she said with a laugh.

“Patrick laughed a lot, a lot, that infectious laugh and that joy of life that we’ll always remember.”

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