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Community-spirited Gerard was a dedicated family man

Published 29/08/2012 | 16:01

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Gerard Connor 1945 - 2012 GERARD CONNOR, Loughanmore, Jenkinstown, Dundalk, passed away peacefully in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, on August 8, 2012.

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Aged 67, he was the son of Tommy and Enna Connor, the eldest of ten children. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Owen, and sister, Brianan.

Gerard attended Rampark NS and Bush Technical School and, following his education, worked in Dealgan Milk Products where he remained for several years. He then worked in the family sand business; McCann's Fruiterers and later, Tinnelly Demolition.

In 1989, he retired for health reasons. In 2000 he was asked by the local curate, Fr. Sean Moore, to take up the position of sacristan in St. Mary's Church, Lordship. He unhesitatingly agreed, and for over a decade, his great respect for the position, allied to his deep faith was evident as he caringly carried out his daily duties.

Gerard was a member of the Pioneer Association and wore his gold pin with great pride. He was actively involved in St. Patrick's G.F.C and St. Patrick's Youth Club, and also was Chairman of the Parents' and Friends Association of St. Mary's N.S., Rampark.

His great love of Gaelic football was evident by his attendance at club and county games, and he derived tremendous satisfaction from St Pats' many successes of recent years. He was a member of St. Patrick's Youth Club from 1978 to present, holding numerous positions, including that of treasurer.

Gerard liked to relax at home with his family and also enjoyed spending time in his garden. He was at his happiest making regular trips to Longford to spend time with his much-loved grandsons, Conor and Tommy Dennigan.

A kind and gentle man, he will be remembered with great affection by many, but most especially his loving wife and family, for he dedicated himself to their welfare and happiness. They are consoled by their many happy memories of their time together.

Gerard is survived by his wife Mairead (neé Toner); daughters, Marie Dennigan (Longford), Anna and Karen; son-in-law Niall; grandsons, Conor and Tommy; brothers Tom, Jim, Brian, Padraic and Harry; sisters Aileen and Anne; brothers-in-law; sisters- in- law; aunt Joan; nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grand-nieces, relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff of the General Intensive Care Unit of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, for their wonderful care and attention to Gerard during his time there. Also Quinn's Funeral directors for the sensitive and professional manner in which they carried the funeral arrangements, all who sent Mass cards and made donations to The Irish Lung Foundation and also to those who travelled from afar for the wake.

Having reposed at home, Gerard's remains were taken to St. Mary's Church, Lordship, where Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Murphy P.P and Fr. Garret Campbell and attended by Fr. Paddy Larkin. Burial took place in local cemetery. The Guard of Honour was provided by St. Patrick's G.F.C and St. Patrick's Youth Club members.

Month's Mind will be held in St. Mary's Church, Lordship, on Sunday, September 9, at 10 a.m.

May he rest in perfect peace.

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