Larry Craig 1927 - 2012
Larry Craig, Lurgankeel, Kilcurry, Dundalk who passed away peacefully in Dealgan Nursing home on October, 15th had been predeceased by his loving wife of 44 years, Bridie on February 5th last.
Aged 84, Larry was a well known and popular figure in the Kilcurry area where he was a staunch member of the local community and an enthusiastic fund raiser for a variety of worthy charities.
Son of Edward and Susan Craig from Lurgankeel, he was the last surviving member of his family. His brother, Tom and sisters, Bridget and Mary predeceased him.
Educated locally, Larry was a bus driver with CIE and Bus Eireann for most of his working life.
His job took Larry to many locations locally and nationally and he was very highly regarded by his passengers.
When he retired from Bus Eireann he worked for eight years on deliveries with Ideal Office Supplies.
Larry's charity work was fittingly recognised when he was honoured at the 'People of the Year' awards ceremony some years ago.
Among the worthy causes to which Larry gave dedicated service was the Louth Hospice and his favourite charity the Multiple Sclerosis society.
He shared his work with the local MS branch with his late wife, Bridie and the couple served on the committee for many years, accompanied groups on holidays and built up a large circle of friends within the Society.
Another project in which Larry was a diligent fund raiser was the building of the Community Centre in Kilcurry for he was a founding member of the committee that initiated the project and subsequently raised the money to build the centre.
A very committed member of Fianna Fail, Larry worked for a number of local candidates at election times and was an invaluable support for the party.
Larry's leisure pursuits involved Bowls events in Mullabawn where he made loyal friends and he also enjoyed the horses he kept on his small holding at his residence.
He travelled extensively in Ireland and Europe with Bridie and the couple were dedicated to each other.
Larry had been a resident in Dealgan Nursing Home for the past four years where he was lovingly cared for and his death will be deeply mourned not just by his family but by a large circle of friends for he gave freely of his time to make life a little better for a large number of people. It is a legacy that will endure.
Larry is survived by his nieces, Geraldine Craig, Margaret Craig, and Susan Byrne, nephew, Noel Mackin, sisters- in- law, Phyllis Malone, Stella Boyle and Annie Rogers, brother- in- law, Felix McConnell and by relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Bridie brother, Tom, and sisters, Bridget and Mary and by his nephew, John Craig. Having reposed at the residence of his niece, Margaret Craig, Dungooley, Kilcurry, Larry's remains were taken to St. Brigid's Church, Kilcurry where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. C. McElwee, P.P., Faughart who gave the eulogy and assisted by Rev. Fr. Pollock. The Readings were given by Noel Mackin and Sandra Hearty while the Prayers of Intercession were led by Kieran Dunne, Patrick Byrne, Martina Thompson and Martina Sheils.
The Offertory Gifts were presented by Susan Byrne, Kathleen Dunne, Jim Toal and Orla Malone, Niece, Margaret Craig gave the Communion Reflection.
The beautiful music was provided by violinist, Anne Marie McEntee Kilcurry Choir and in a very poignant tribute to Larry the choir sang the Gregorian Latin chant 'Salva Regina' at the graveside.
Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery where there was a large gathering reflecting the immense contribution that Larry had made to his community.
Month's Mind Mass on November, 16th in St. Brigid's Church, Kilcurry at 7.30p.m.