Wednesday 20 September 2017

Brendan loved walking, gardening and travelling

The late Brendan Leahy.
The late Brendan Leahy.

Brendan Leahy 1939-2012

Brendan Leahy, Seafield Lawns, Dundalk who died unexpectedly in the Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda on December 28th was, for over twenty years, a well known telephonist in the local exchange.

Aged 73, Brendan was one of five sons of Patrick and Bridie Leahy from Hughes Park, and sadly just one brother, Ray who resides in Farndreg, survives Brendan.

After his primary education in St. Malachy's, Brendan apprenticed to the printing trade with W. & S. Magowan whose printing works was located on the Ramparts.

Brendan operated a litho printing machine for the firm who undertook extensive Government contracts at the time.

Then in the late 1970's Brendan opted for a complete change of career for having initially worked as a night telephonist with the Department of Posts and Telegraphs out of their Clanbrassil Street Exchange he opted for a full-time position when the opportunity arose.

It was a decision he never regretted and he worked for the succession of semi-state and private firms that followed P& T until his retirement in 1997.

Retirement brought its rewards for Brendan for he was able to indulge even more his love of walking, especially his regular visits to his favourite location, the Navvy Bank with his great friends and walking companions.

He also played a little golf, and spent a lot more time perfecting his other hobby, gardening.

During the summer his garden was a sea of colour, much admired, especially his hanging baskets and lilies which he lovingly nurtured.

Travel was another passion that he shared with his wife, Teresa and the couple were fortunate enough to visit South Africa on three occasions as well as visiting New York where Brendan's natural friendly instincts had to be curbed by family for he relished chatting to people.

Brendan's life was given a new lease when his first grandchild arrived in 1999 and he was always a willing volunteer for the buggy walking and for looking after the grandchildren.

His unexpected death has left his family heartbroken for he was a wonderful husband, father, brother and grandfather who will be greatly missed. His family are deeply grateful for the great care he received in the ICU in the Lourdes Hospital where the medical and nursing staff did all they could for Brendan.

Brendan is survived by his wife, Teresa (née Rogers), son, Padraig (Longford), daughters, Brenda Hill (Dundalk) and Ciara Power (Drogheda), brother, Ray (Dundalk), grandchildren Conor, Sean, Alex, Lauren, Nicola, Kailum and Reanna, sons-in-law, Jason Hill and Kevin Power, daughter-in-law, Michelle, brothersin- law, sisters- in- law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers, Denis, Tom and Paddy.

Having reposed at his residence, Brendan's remains were taken to the Church of the Holy Family where Requiem Mass was offered by Rev. P. Stanley, S.M., who delivered the eulogy. Also presented was Rev. Oliver Brennan.

The Readings were given by nephew, Niall Brennan and niece, Denise Leahy and the Prayers of Intercession were led by niece, Breda Neary and grandchildren, Conor, Sean and Lauren Hill and Nicola Power.

The beautiful music was provided by Elizabeth Cleary accompanied by Colette Murphy.

After Mass burial took place in Haggardstown cemetery and there was a large attendance at both Mass and interment that reflected the family's strong links with the town and the high regard by which Brendan was held.

Month's Mind Mass will be held on January 27th in the Church of the Holy Family at 11 a.m.