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Inspirational Stephen loved life and relished the company of others

Published 23/01/2013 | 14:19

Stephen McGrath 1934-2012

Stephen Henry McGrath from Wh i tes town , Greenore, Co. Louth who died peacefully at home with his loving family on Saturday, December 29, 2012.

Aged 78, Stephen was a son of late Patrick and Angela (née woods) McGrath, from Wh i tes town , Greenore.

Stephen was educated at Boher N.S, and at the age of 14 left school to work in the family shop in Whitestown.

Stephen then went to work in Roberts Oyster Rooms, The Promenade Blackpool in 1953 at the age of 19 serving, shrimp, crabs and oysters.

Stephen met and later married his wife Maisie (née Brown), Whitestown, Greenore, in 1962, and they worked in Blackpool until they returned to Whitestown in 1964 to bring up their family. Stephen and Maisie celebrated 50 years of marriage in November 2012.

Stephen was a very quiet but witty man who spent summer afternoons walking through the fields with his children to Whitestown shore picking winkles and looking for crabs or tending to his garden of vegetables. He enjoyed horse racing, and the odd flutter.

Stephen loved life, relishing the company of others and spent many enjoyable years working in Greenore as a docker at the Port and then later in Greenore Plastics.

Just before Stephen was due to retire, the ' hand of fate' intervened and Stephen suffered a stroke. Stephen was a man of courage and his acceptance of his cross was inspirational to all who knew him.

Despite his disability, he continued to live life with a smile on his face, never complaining. He was a devoted family man, a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Time can never take away the memories his family now hold of someone they loved and cherished. He will remain in their hearts forever.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Patrick and Owen (twins) and Mike, and sisters Marie, Dorothy and Bridget.

He is survived by wife Maisie, daughters, Elizabeth, Gabrielle, Patricia and Alice, sons, Gerard, Aidan and Padraig, sisters Alice, Lily and Rose, 17 grandchildren, one great grandson, sons-in-law, and daughters-inlaw, and a large circle of loving family, relatives and friends.

Having reposed at home, Stephen's remains were taken to Our Lady Star of the Sea, Boher where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. T. McNulty C.C. who delivered the eulogy.

The Readings were read by son-in-law, Gerard Cronin, daughter, Elizabeth McGrath, and Prayers of the Faithful were led by grand-children Hanora, Stephen, Liam, David and Gearoid Cronin, while the Gifts that symbolised Stephen's life were also presented by grandsons Kevin, Jamie and Shane Cronin.

The Offertory Gifts were brought to the altar by granddaughters Donna & Sadhbh Cronin. Communion Reflection was read by daughter Alice Hoey.

Beautiful music was provided by soloist, Elizabeth O'Reilly and organist, Geraldine Guerin.

After Mass, Interment took place in adjoining cemetery, and the large crowd in attendance was testimony to the esteem in which Stephen and his family are held.

The Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated in Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea on Friday February 1st at 8p.m.

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