IN late February a large crowd gathered to bid farewell to the late Timmy Regan of Nohoval, Rathmore. He had fought a brave battle against his illness and quietly slipped away at CUH on February 22, without creating any fuss or drama, just as he had lived his life.
Timmy was born on 12th April 1940 in Nohoval to William and Annie Regan, the eldest of a family of three. He was predeceased by his brother Darby and his sister Anne. His father passed away in 1948 and Timmy lived with his mother until her passing in 1975.
Timmy was well known in the farming community around Rathmore, Cullen, Knocknagree and Millstreet as he spent five years working with a silage crew in the 1960s during what was then a long cutting season from May to September. He was also very popular and very well liked by all those he came into contact with during his work.
It was also during this period that he embarked on a job for which he was to become best known and so well liked by the many young people he met during his job as a school bus driver for many decades. He also drove bus loads of tourists during the summer months and was always so courteous and helpful to passengers.
The most significant day in Timmy's life was to be November 26, 1977 when he married Mary Agnes Murphy from Lisnaboy, Cullen. Their life together at their home in Nohoval was to be blessed with four children; Liam, Denis, Anne and Alan.
He was a devoted husband and father and was an example to his family, in how he lived his life by his honesty, integrity and hard work. In later years, he experienced the joy and happiness that grandchildren brought to his life with the arrival of Tyler and Conor, whom he adored.
As well as his passion for the GAA, particularly following the exploits of his son's involvement with Cullen, he also had a great love of playing 45 and this was a great pastime of his. Every Monday night, he joined his card comrades in Cullen; Anthony Roche, Christy Duggan, Eileen Duggan, Kathleen O'Sullivan and Ann O'Sullivan.
Timmy went through his life in a quiet and unassuming way, and went about his business with courtesy and respect for everyone with whom he dealt with.
He will be missed by many, but of course none more so that his wife Mary Agnes, sons Liam, Denis and Alan and daughter Anne, two grandchildren Tyler and Conor, and also Julie, James, Orla and his many neighbours and friends.
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