Seamus bore illness with great courage
Published 26/12/2012 | 21:55
Seamus McQuillan 1953 - 2012
SEAMUS MCQUILLAN, Chestnut Grove, Tallanstown, who died peacefully in the tender care of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda on November 23 last was a native of Blackock.
Aged 59, he was one of eight children of James and Patricia McQuillan, St Fursey's Terrace. Blackrock and died surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with cancer, borne with great dignity and courage.
He lived most of his early life in Blackrock where he attended the local national school before a short period spent in Dunleer Technical School. After completing his education Seamus went to work in G.E.C. Dunleer. He then worked in garden landscaping and maintenance and later trained under his brother-in-law, Jackie to become a talented and popular carpet fitter.
Unfortunately his career was interrupted when he was diagnosed with cancer, which he battled bravely with for the last 25 years.
In his youth, Seamus enjoyed cycling and running and was a member of St. Fursey's Athletic & Cycling club. He also enjoyed socialising, skating and dancing. Seamus had a deep faith and in later life attended numerous pilgrimages to Lourdes.
Seamus is survived by his daughter, Jacqueline (Cambridge, England), sons, James (Cambridge, England) and Gerard ( Ardee), friends Rose and Mary, brothers, PJ, Dennis and Henry, sisters, Kathleen, Phyllis, Mary and Margaret, brothers-in-law, sisters-inlaw, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, James and Patricia McQuillan.
The family would like to thank the staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital who looked after Seamus during his illness. Thanks are also extended to friends, neighbours and all who helped in anyway or offered comfort and support.
Having reposed at his sister, Margaret's home at Kingswood, Blackrock Road, Dundalk, Seamus' remains were taken to St. Oliver's Church Blackrock, where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Vewry Rev.Padraig Keenan PP. who have the eulogy.
The Readings were given by son, Gerard and niece, Michelle while the Prayers of Intercession were led by his nephews, Garry and Alan. The gifts that symbolised Seamus' life were presented before Mass by sons, James and Gerard, while the Offertory Gifts were presented by sisters, Phyllis, Mary and Margaret.
After Mass, burial took place in St. Fursey's Cemetery, where there was a large attendance that reflected the deep regard by which Seamus and his family were held.