Pat danced from this life to the next
Published 19/12/2012 | 18:39
Pat from Ballsgrove, Drogheda died doing one of the things he loved most - dancing.
Pat was attending one of the dance nights in the Snail Box with his many friends when suddenly he collapsed and died.
Pat was the eldest boy from the large Hackett Family who hailed from the North Road and the son of the late Hughie and Annie Hackett.
He was educated in St Vincent's School in Fair Street and later learned the trade of bricklaying.
He worked in all areas of the town and on landmarks such as Greenhills School and the Lourdes Hospital.
Pat met his wife Annie (Fay) from Francis Street in the Whitworth Hall and love blossomed from there. They have the distinction of being the first couple to be married in the Lourdes Church.
They have two children, Sandra and Myles.
Pat's daughter Sandra is married to Noel Kierans and they have two children, Darren and Leona.
His son Myles married a Cork girl, Siobhan Wedel and they have two sons, Eoin and Colm.
Pat lived much of this life for his grandchildren even travelling to the USA to see Leona compete in the World Championships of Irish Dancing.
He was seen cycling with his two young grandchildren two days before he died.
Pat joined the maintenance staff of the Borough Council and worked there for over 20 years, he took charge of many of the Council's jobs all around town including the long stone river wall along the Ramparts.
A packed Ballsgrove Church (where he went to Mass everyday) heard Fr Bradley pay tribute to Pat, a lifelong member of the Total Abstinence Association.
As his grandson Darren was in New Zealand at the time of his death, he was able to see the whole mass on Skype which was very touching.
His niece, Shirley Henry read a beautiful poem composed by his granddaughter Leona.
Pat's remains were carried by 12 of his nephews and the final carry was by his six brothers.
Pat will be sadly missed by his loving wife Annie, daughter Sandra and son Myles, his son-in-law Noel, daughter-in-law Siobhan, grandchildren, Darren, Leona, Eoin and Colm, and sister-in-law Joan and brother-in-law Sean together with his large extended family including, his sisters May, Eileen, Gertrude and his six brothers, Eugene, Seamus, Mick, Leo, Felix and Victor. Also his brotherin-law Frank and sister-in-laws May, Judy, Margaret, Lily, Ann and June, Nephews, Nieces and his large number of friends.