Wednesday 18 October 2017

Family man who relished his army days

Anthony Carthy 1956 - 2012

Anthony Carthy, Fatima Court, Dundalk who died suddenly at his home on November 5th served with distinction with the 27th Infantry Battalion in Dundalk for twenty five years.

A native of Dublin, Anthony was aged 56, and the sudden nature of his death has left his family heartbroken. One of three sons of Tommy and Chrissy Carthy, Anthony was given the nickname 'Staff ' when he worked in a hospital in Dublin and he was fondly known as 'Staff ' for the rest of his life.

He did a number of odd jobs in Dublin, including his job in the hospital, after leaving school, and when he joined the Army in 1973 he was posted to the 27th in Dundalk. At the time the level of paramilitary activity along the Border necessitated the recruitment of large numbers of soldiers for Border duty, and the re-opening of the Military Barracks in Dundalk.

Anthony served as a Corporal throughout his time in the Army and worked in stores at one time. He also undertook a tour of duty with UN peace keeping force in the Lebanon and retired from the Army in 1998 after 25 years distinguish service.

He met and married his wife, Nora a year after he was posted to Dundalk and the couple lived in Muirhevnamor before moving to Bay Estate where they brought up their family.

Anthony revived his interest in fishing when he retired from the Army and was a keen and accomplished angler who fished the Fane and Castletown Rivers as well as lakes in neighbouring counties. He was a member of the Brown Trout Anglers and the Dundalk Salmon Anglers and had sadly had his best year in 2012 when he won a number of awards and landed some excellent catches.

He made many close friends while fishing and in the Fatima community where he resided for the past ten years and they all shared the sense of loss with his family at his sudden death. His family deeply appreciate the support they got from friends and neighbours in Fatima at this time. Since his retirement , Anthony lived for his grandchildren for he was a loving presence in their lives who will be greatly missed.

Anthony is survived by his wife, Nora (neé O'Connell), sons, Kevin (Kilcurry), Damien (Boston), David (Fatima), and Stephen (Naas), daughter, Lorraine (Fatima Court), brothers, Damien (Cork) and Pat (Dublin), grandchildren, Jamie, Scott, Chris, Josh, Nicole and Kaydee, aunt, May, daughters-in-law, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and granddaughter, Nadine.

Having reposed at his residence, Anthony's remains were taken to St. Joseph's Church, Fatima where Requiem Mass was offered by Rev. Fr. Hughes, C.C., who delivered the eulogy.

After Mass burial took place in Calvary Cemetery, Ravensdale and the large attendance at the Mass reflected the deep sympathy felt in the community at Anthony's death and the high regard by which Anthony was held.

Month's Mind Mass was held on December 9th in St. Joseph's Church, Fatima at 11.30 a.m.