Gerard Gorham 1944-2013
Gerard Gorham, McSwiney Street, Dundalk who died peacefully at home on January 4th after a long battle with illness that he bore with great fortitude was one of a family of eleven and was the first of the eleven to pass away.
He had just celebrated his 68th birthday and will be remembered with great affection by many, not just his family, for he was a well known and well liked personality.
One of six sons in a family of eleven of James and May Gorham, Gerard inherited the name 'Sam' from his schooldays in the CBS.
There a Brother kept referring to Gerard as 'Sam the wise old fox' and somehow the name remained with him for the rest of his life.
When he left school he worked for a time in the town's linen mill, before taking up a job in the newly opened Harp Lager.
He remained with the firm for over 36 years and was well regarded by his colleagues in the brewery.
Gerard enjoyed a flutter on the horses and his pint, with 'Cheers' being his favourite haunt.
He relished testing his knowledge with a crossword, and he had a great love of wildlife that he indulged through watching nature programmes.
His love of classical music stayed with him throughout his life, and was a comfort to him in his illness, for he loved opera, especially the voice of Andrea Bocelli. Sadly he missed his last concert in Ireland due to his illness.
For holidays, Gerard liked Galway and the Isle of Man best.
Family played a major part in Gerard's life for he was married to Kathleen for 42 years and when his grandchildren came along they brought a new dimension to his life.
He bore his illness with great patience, never complaining, and deeply appreciated the love and care he received over his final months from wife, Kathleen and his family. His family too are fulsome in their praise for the work of the Palliative Care team who nursed Gerard in his final days.
Gerard is survived by his wife, Kathleen (née McCabe), sons, John (Dundalk) and Paul (Dundalk), daughter, Catriona (Dundalk), brothers, Jimmy ( Cooley), Martin, Arthur, David and John (all Dundalk) sisters, Moira McCabe, Paula Brennan, Phyllis Fearon, Maeve and Bernadette, grandchildren, Ciaran, Niamh, Luke, Ellie and Robin Gorham, and Katie Rose and Ciara O'Callaghan, son-in-law, Niall O'Callaghan and daugh-ters-Sandra and Elaine, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Having reposed at his home, Gerard's remains were taken to St. Nicholas Church where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. Mark O'Hagan, Adm., who gave the eulogy.
The Readings were given by granddaughter, Niamh Gorham and niece, Aoife Gorham and the Prayers of Intercession were led by sisters, Paula Brennan and Maeve, brother, John, grandson, Luke Gorham, granddaughter, Ellie Gorham and niece, Sandra Cooney.
The Offertory Gifts and the gifts that symbolised Gerard's life were presented by granddaughter, Katie Rose O'Callaghan, granddaughter, Robin Gorham, son-in-law, Niall O'Callaghan and daughter-in-law, Sandra Gorham.
A Communion Reflection was given by daughter-in-law, Elaine Gorham and the beautiful music was provided by Gerard's brother, Martin and by Roisin Crawley and Olivia Finnegan.
After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's Cemetery and the large attendance at the Mass and interment reflected Gerard's strong family links with the town and the high regard by which he was held.
Month's Mind Mass will be held on February 3rd in St. Nicholas Church at 12 noon.