BERNADETTE GROVES, formerly of Carlingford, died peacefully in St. Francis Hospice, Raheny, Dublin on November 8. She will be sadly missed by her husband Philip, her mother, Margaret, sisters, Deirdre, Elizabeth and Una, her friends and her extended family in Ireland and abroad.
Bernadette, who resided at Carlton Court, Clontarf, was born in Greenore and spent her early years in Carlingford. When she was six, her father, Captain James Murphy, who was Harbour Master of Carlingford Lough, was moved to Kilkeel in County Down, where the family lived until 1981. After leaving school, Bernadette trained as a cook in Newry Technical College and did a catering supervisory course in the College of Catering, Cathal Brugha Street in Dublin.
Bernadette spent most of her working life in hospitals, caring for the sick through her cooking and then as a care assistant. Bernadette started her career in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast and worked in hospitals in Dublin such as the Rotunda Hospital and St. Vincent's Psychiatric Hospital.
Her last six years were spent as a care assistant in the Bon Secours Hospital, Dublin.
She was loved and respected by her many friends and colleagues. She had a love of life which showed in her many hobbies. She played tennis, golf, loved swimming and wind surfing. Bernadette had a passion for cooking and she enjoyed entertaining friends and family. She was generous with her time and liked sharing her interest in interior design and fashion.
She met her husband Philip in 1996 and had sixteen very happy years with him. They spent many weekends in Carlingford, which she regarded as home and where she admired the beautiful scenery and enjoyed long walks.
Bernadette was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in August 2011 and fought the disease with great bravery.
She is survived by her husband Philip, her mother Margaret, sisters Deirdre Linder, Elizabeth Burke and Una Murphy. Her sister Bronagh Murphy passed away in February 2009.
Bernadette always had a ready smile and a welcoming heart. She will be sorely missed by all of those who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Bernadette's remains reposed at Cuchulainn Heights, Carlingford. Removal took place to St. Michael's Church, Carlingford Mass. Burial took place afterwards in St. Michael's Cemetery.