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Thursday 24 April 2014

Pete's life revolved around farming and family

Peter McGahon 1936-2012

Peter McGahon Dunmahon who died peacefully at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital on October 18th was a man whose life centred on farming and his family.

Peter, or Pete as he was known was born, reared and spent all of his life in Dunmahon.

Standing 6'4" he was big in stature, but was the proverbial gentle giant with his very gentle, mild, manner, and neighbourly outlook, particularly towards those living in his vicinity.

Pete as he was fondly known was one of three sons in a family of seven of the late Tommy and Julia McGahon who had also four daughters.

He engaged in farming most of his life, carrying on a mixed enterprise until failing health intervened.

He still retained a keen interest in farming and also all matters relating to nature after that, although not actively involved in farming.

His family was the predominant focus of his life, having married the former May Coyle from Pepperstown, Ardee in 1966 and set up home in Dunmahon.

They had five children, one son and four daughters. Pete was a very devoted husband and father.

He also was a dedicated grandfather and derived great joy from becoming a grandfather again just 9 weeks before his death. Outside of his work and family, both gaelic and soccer football held a strong interest for him.

He was a loyal and strong supporter of his local club Geraldines, regularly attending their matches all down the years.

He also became an avid fan in recent years of Manchester United.

Pete also had a deep and abiding faith which gave him great comfort and strength down through the years, particularly in times of illness.

He was especially devoted to St Gerard and St Pio.

He was predeceased in 1996 by wife, May, also by his parents, along with brothers, John and Tom.

Pete is survived by son Peter (Dunmahon), daughters, Martina (home), Anne McGowan ( Tinure), Julie Callan (Cool-creedan, Louth Village), Mary Fitzpatrick (Rathgory, Dunleer), sisters, Anna, May, Philomena and Sheila, nine grandchildren, Celine, Laura, Mark, Tom, Hannah, Oisin, Ciara, Grace and Matthew, daughter-in-law, sonsinlaw, extended family and friends.

Having reposed at home, Pete's remains were removed to St. Fursey's Church on October 20th for Requiem Mass celebrated by Very Rev. Padraig Keenan P.P., Haggardstown.

The gifts that sympolised Pete's ife were brought to the altar by his grandchildren, Tom, Grace, Matthew, Mark, Oisin, Ciara and Laura. Daughters, Martina and Anne gave the Readings, with the Offertory Procession consisting of son, Peter and, sisters, Anna and May and granddaughter, Celine.

The Prayers of Intercession were led by daughter Julie, sonin-law, Adrian, granddaughter, Celine and niece, Edel. Daughter Mary shared a reflection with the congregation after Communion, which was followed by a hymn sung by granddaughter, Laura.

The music was provided by organist, Brendan and soloist, Sarah Mc Court Burial took place after Mass in the adjoining cemetery.

Month's Mind Mass is on Sunday, November 18th at 11.00 am in St. Fursey's Church.

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