t’s always difficult to know what to say to someone who has just lost a loved one…
You can always try a few traditional words of comfort, letting them know just how much their dearly departed will be missed.
Then again, maybe a little borrowed philosophy about this notoriously mortal coil might help bring a little perspective into the equation.
Always look on the bright side of death, and all that. As the late, great W.C. Fieldsquipped, it’s a funny old world, and you’d be lucky to get out of it alive. When it came to the big farewell, Sir Woody of Allen famously said that he wasn’t afraid of dying, he just didn’t want to be there when it happened, whilst an anonymous London graffiti artist of the late ’70s perhaps said it best when he sprayed ‘Death is just nature’s way of telling you to slow down’.
Which all goes to prove that you have to hold on to your sense of humour when dealing with the final curtain, embracing all the joyous, triumphant and plain ol’ silly moments that makes up a life well lived.
May all such happy memories flood over those who knew and loved the friends we have lost…
John Redmond Upper Grattan Park
John Redmond of upper Grattan Park, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. November 30th 2022 peacefully at The Greystones Nursing Home. Beloved husband of the late Christina (Chrissie) (née Fitzpatrick) and father of the late Lynda Prendergast. Remembered with love by his devoted family, children John, Orla and Fiona, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, treasured grandchildren, sisters Kathleen, Nancy and Eileen, extended family, neighbours, wide circle of friends including those in the Greystones Rugby Club.
Funeral cortége will leave the family home on Saturday morning (December 3rd) at 10.20am, walking to Donnybrook Fair. Funeral Mass at 11am in The Holy Rosary Church, Greystones, which can be viewed here, after which John will be laid to rest in Redford Cemetery. May he rest in peace. House Private. Enquires to Mark Kinsella Funeral Directors 0872160740.
Declan Lynch Applewood Heights
Declan Lynch, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, November 29th 2022. Peacefully at home. Will be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Majella (née Cummins) his beloved sons Emlyn and Aaron, daughter-in-law Erica, his Mum Peg, brothers Gerard, Patrick and the late Ronan, extended family and many friends, and by Dec’s friends and colleagues in the I.A.B.A. and An Garda Siochana.
Reposing at Thomas Murphy and Sons Funeral Home, Boghall Road, Bray on Thursday, December 1st, from 5pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass on Friday at 12mid-day in The Holy Rosary Church, Greystones, followed by Interment in Redford Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to Wicklow Hospice or The Irish Cancer Society. The Funeral Mass can be viewed live here. Enquiries to Thomas Murphy & Sons.
Tom Norgrove Sandycove, Greystones
Thomas (Tom) Norgrove (Sandycove, Co. Dublin and formerly of Greystones, Co. Wicklow) – November 27, 2022. Unexpectedly but peacefully in his 95th year, at his home. Beloved husband of the late Betty and loving brother of the late Noel, Helen and Lillis. Sadly missed by his brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Funeral Service on Saturday, December 3rd, at 12 noon in St. Paul’s Church, Silchester Road, Glenageary followed by Burial in Redford Cemetery (The Grove), Greystones. The Service can be viewed online here. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, online to the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland here. House private please. Further enquiries to Carnegies Funeral Directors.
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