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Tuesday 16 September 2014

James loved to sing a song in his heyday

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:20

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The late James McManus

James McManus

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1934 ­ 2014

James (Jimmy) McManus, Culhane Street, Dundalk died in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, on February 24th following a brief illness that he bore bravely and with good humour.

He resided all of his life, with the exception of a few years in England, in Culhane Street, Dundalk, where he was born and reared, and then spent almost the entire 58 years of his marriage there to Angela (née Brown) who also hailed from Culhane Street.

James was one of six in the family of Mary-Ellen and Patrick (Paddy) McManus, and was the last surviving member of his family.

James was educated nearby at the De La Salle School, following which, he entered the work place, filling a number of jobs in the retail/ wholesale and building trades, including some time employed by well-known developers McCaughey Brothers. He was a hard worker and his preference was always for outdoor work.

After he married, James, and his wife Angela, moved to England, where he worked in the motor industry, in the Morris factory in Coventry. He loved music and was a fine singer, and during the couple's spell in England, James sang in many clubs in the area. He also sang with St. Nicholas Church Choir until restricted mobility prevented him.

James returned home after the death of his father, and took up residence in what was Angela's family home.

James then gained employment with the ESB, working on the rural electrification programme, and his final position was as a lorry driver with the Dundalk Urban District Council, from which he retired due to ill health a number of years ago. He had much to contend with, in terms of ill health, in his final couple of years but he always put on a brave front and many remembered that he always gave a thumbs-up sign when asked how he was.

Recently, the acquisition of an electric scooter enabled him to get out and about and meet up regularly with people for essentially he was a people-person.

James is survived by his wife, Angela, sons, Jimmy (Dundalk), Paul (Blackrock) and Alan (Melbourne), daughters-in-law Maura, Elaine and Sharon and grandchildren Sarah, Stephen and John, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, along with brothers, Sean, Brendan, Eamon and Patsy, and sister, Madge.

After reposing at Quinn's Funeral Home, Bridge Street, James' remains were removed to St. Nicholas' Church where Very Rev. Mark O'Hagan Adm. celebrated Requiem Mass and gave the eulogy.

The Readings were given by Jimmy's son Paul and niece, Tina Bordley, with the Prayers of Intercession led by niece, Cathy Byrne, daughter-in-law, Maura and grandchildren, Sarah and Stephen.

The Offertory Gifts were also presented by daughter-in-law, Maura, grandchildren Sarah and Stephen along with niece Linda Luckett.

The beautiful music was provided by St. Nicholas Choir. Burial followed in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Month's Mind Mass is on Sunday, March 23rd at 12 noon in St.Nicholas Church

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