OLIVER (OLLIE) Byrne, Woodbrook, Tallanstown, died peacefully in the care of all the staff on the second floor, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, on May 26 2012.
Oliver was educated in Tallanstown NS and later Ardee Community School. He then went to work in Moffett Engineering where he learned his trade.
This in turn led him to open his own business, where he was a very successful Salesman/Service Engineer in the Forklift Industry.
Oliver was known all over the country and his business also took him to many parts of Britain. This was something for which Oliver had a great passion and was reflected in how well his business had developed.
Aged 36, he had accomplished so much in such a short time.
He was loved and respected by everyone who came into his company. Outside of work, Oliver loved to follow the Rally Motor sport circuit and assisted at the service stations when required by his close friends, Liam and Ged.
He had a love for all sports including skiing. He rode show jumping ponies when younger and was a member of the Louth Pony Club. He also had a keen interest in hunting and in his younger days took great joy in working with the Louth Beagles. In later years he had a fantastic circle of friends, who he enjoyed meeting up with and this continued throughout his illness.
Oliver had been a patient on the second floor of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital over the past two years. He was lovingly cared for by the staff there and his family will be forever grateful to them for their dedication to Oliver. Previous to this, Oliver had on two occasions, spent some time in the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Here, against all the odds, with his sheer determination and love for life, he battled hard to regain his independence. Everyone who met Oliver were encouraged by his 'never give up' attitude and his fight for life, even up until the end.
His death has left his family inconsolable for he was a loving presence in their lives that can never be replaced.
Oliver was the youngest of the family and is survived by his heartbroken parents, Tommy and Kathleen; brothers, Philip and Leonard (Tallanstown), and sister, Marita (Co. Clare); sister-in-law, Fionnuala; brother-in-law, John; girlfriend, Karen; Godchild, Shane; nieces, Jessica and Laura; aunts, uncles, cousins and his many dear friends.
Having reposed at his parents home, Oliver's remains were taken to SS. Peter and Paul's Church, Tallanstown, where Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Clarke. The readings were given by Oliver's sister, Marita, and girlfriend, Karen. Personal gifts were presented by Oliver's Godchild, Shane, and sister-inlaw, Fionnuala, cousin Joe and Godmother Eileen, while the beautiful music was provided by his cousin. Aine Baylon, and friend, Edel Cummins. The Prayers of the Faithful were read by Oliver's brothers, Philip and Leonard, friends Eugene and Carol, and his carer, Jo. The Offertory Gifts were presented by his five close friends, John, Gary, Carl, Ged and Liam.
Burial took place after Mass in Tallanstown New Cemetery.
Oliver's family would like to thank all those who called to the house and attended the funeral, reflecting both his family and his own connections in the area and around the country. A huge word of appreciation also to family and friends for their support at this time.
The Month's Mind Mass will be held on Sunday, June 24, at 11.30 a.m. in SS. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Tallanstown.