Recovery specialist Liam (62) carried to final resting place
The late Liam Kelly was a very welcome sight for many motorists stranded on the roads of Wicklow over the years.
He will be brought on his final journey today (Wednesday) on the back of one of his recovery trucks from the Kelly Recovery business which has operated from Kilmacanogue for many years.
Liam died peacefully in hospital on Sunday at the age of 62. He is survived by his mother Bridget, sisters Eilís and Una, brothers Eamon and Kevin, as well as a host of relatives and friends all of whom will miss him very much.
He was chairman of the Garden of Ireland Vintage Car Club and had a number of beautiful vintage vehicles, including a couple of Model T Fords and a Rolls Royce.
His fellow club member, neighbour and friend Eileen Kennedy said that Liam was never in bad humour.
She said that he was known all over the country and was highly respected in vintage car circles. Tributes poured in from clubs all over Ireland as news spread of the sad death.
A number of weeks ago, despite ill health, Liam got to go on one more trip to a car show in Galway with a group of friends, including Mick and Anthony Nolan.
'They were like the terrible triplets!' said Eileen of the trio of pals.
She added that he bore his illness very bravely and without complaint. Whenever he couldn't drive, his friends would do the driving so he never missed out on outings, runs or static shows.
Last month, the group rented an apartment in Galway together and had an absolute ball.
'He was quite a character, absolutely adorable,' said Eileen, adding that Liam loved having fun and was a very kind person.
Liam was reposing at his Kilmacanogue home yesterday afternoon. His funeral will take place today at the Holy Redeemer at 10 a.m. followed by interment at St. Peter's Cemetery, Little Bray.
A convoy of recovery trucks will escort his remains to the church, with vintage cars going from the church to the cemetery.
Liam's family requested that donations be made to Wicklow RNLI in place of flowers.