Charitable Eddie was popular in the community

Published 16/01/2013 | 09:45

Eddie Sherry 1941 - 2012

Edward Sherry, Grange, Knockbridge, Dundalk who died peacefully in Blackrock Clinic on December 9th after a relatively short illness was a well known and popular figure in the area who unselfishly contributed much to a variety of worthy causes and was an invaluable member of his community in Knockbridge.

Aged 71, Edward, or Eddie as he was known, was one of seven children of Patrick and Rose Sherry from Toberona.

After completing his education in the De La Salle School, Eddie took up a number of jobs, mostly in deliveries, before joining Dealgan Milk Products.

For the 30 years that he worked as a milkman with the company, Eddie's work took him to almost every location in town and the vicinity, gaining for him a cherished reputation for reliability and his constant good humour.

Outside of his family and work, Eddie embarked on a wide variety of activities which he embraced with his renowned enthusiasm.

He was a keen photographer, covering weddings and other family occasions, and his love of cycling encouraged him to actively participate in two worthy fund raising ventures 'Blazing Saddles' and the Maracycle.

In his youth he was a keen member of the Legion of Mary.

Ballroom dancing, a social outlet that he enjoyed with his beloved wife, Kitty, took the couple on the circuit of dances in the vicinity where they made many great friends.

One of Eddie's true passions in life was music and he found a great outlet for his choice of music in the 'Friends and Neighbours' programme he hosted on Dundalk FM and during his regular visits to nursing homes in the area where patients rejoiced in his popular music choices.

When Eddie and Kitty, who is a native of Tallanstown, married they settled on the Long Avenue and later Bay Estate before moving to Knockbridge where they soon became an integral part of the community.

Eddie involved himself in the church choir and was always willing and available to support any project in his community.

Deeply religious, Eddie devoted his life to his family and his death after a relatively short illness has left them heartbroken for he was an inspiring influence in their lives that can never be replaced.

They are however consoled by their wonderful memories of a loving and caring husband, father, brother and grandfather.

Eddie is survived by his wife, Kitty (née Sweeney), sons, Martin (London), Austin (Dundalk), Eamonn (Knockbridge), Kenneth (Armagh), daughters, Mary ( Dublin), Geraldine Ferris (Knockbridge), Helen (Dublin), Lisa (Mayo), Ciara Nash (Knockbridge), brother, Patrick (Dundalk), sisters, Mona Roulstone (England), Marie Savage (Dundalk) and Rose Laverty (Dundalk), grandchildren, Kate, Emma, Nicole, James, Aoife, Molly, Shannon, Aaron and Ben, and Meghan, sons-inlaw Patrick and Aidan, daughters-inlaw Sandra, Joanne, Jackie and Grainne, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Brian and Gerard.

Having reposed at his home, Eddie's remains were taken to St. Mary's Church, Knockbridge where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. Gerard McGinnity, P.P., Knockbridge who gave the eulogy. Also present were Very Rev. Eugene Sweeney and Very Rev. Michael Cusack, C.Ss.R., St. Joseph's, Dundalk.

The Readings were given by son, Martin and daughter, Lisa and the Prayers of Intercession were led by daughtersin-law and sons-in-law, Patrick Ferris, Aidan Nash, Sandra Sherry, Joanne Sherry, Grainne O'Hanrahan, and Jackie Sherry.

The Offertory Gifts were presented by sons, Eamonn, Kenneth and Austin and daughters, Mary, Ciara and Geraldine.

The beautiful music was provided by St. Mary's Church choir and a Communion Reflection was given by daughter, Helen.

After Mass burial took place in the adjoining cemetery and the large attendance at both the Mass and interment reflected the contribution that Eddie had made to improving the quality of life for so many people and the deep regard by which he was held in his community.

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