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Monday 20 October 2014

Deep thinking Eugene was greatly admired

Published 04/12/2013 | 05:36

The late Eugene O’Shea RIP.

EUGENE O'Shea, who passed away at the age of 97 in Beth Israel Hospital in the US, on November 14, was a deep-thinking man who left his native Stradbally just after the end of the Second World War and emigrated to the US where he was a member of the Carpenter's Union in Boston, Mass, for 66 years.

Gene was born in 1916 in the village of Stradbally, in the parish of Castlegregory to Eugene O'Shea and Hannah (nee Galvin).

He grew up with nature and the sound of the sea as a constant backdrop to his life in West Kerry and it was perhaps this that helped instil in him a deeply contemplative nature, something for which he was known and admired throughout his life.

Friends said of Gene that, "he had a way of saying things that left no doubt in your mind, we always knew where he was coming from".

Brother of the late Michael, Patrick, John Joe, Hannah Duncan, Madge Horgan, Kathleen Shea, Nell Delaney and Nora Kavanagh and step brother of Mary O'Connor, Gene was the last surviving member of this family and his passing marks the end of an era.

His generation is nearly gone from Ireland and the world. When they left Ireland in the '40s and '50s it was a great loss to Ireland but it was, of course, America's gain. He flourished there and often said of the U.S.A. "Lads, it's a great country"

The three most important things in Gene's life were work for his hands, his family and his faith, and he embraced all three with vigour.

He was a hard worker and an active man - the picture of him here gives a sense of that, it was taken when he was cutting a one-acre lawn at the tender age of 88 years!

He was a member of the Carpenter's Union 40, in Boston, Mass. for the past 66 years, a member of the Irish Pioneer Society for the past 56 years, and a member of St Gabriel Retreat League of Boston. He was a communicant of St. Mary's, Castlegregory; St Polycarp, Winter Hill Somerville, Mass; and St Bonaventure, Manomet (Plymouth).

Although he left Stradbally in December 1946, he maintained strong links with home and returned frequently to visit family and friends, together with his wife, Ina, and his sons Eugene and Jimmy.

He was the husband of the late Nora 'Ina' (Gogarty) O'Shea, of Castlegregory, and Cahir Co. Tipperary. He leaves his sons Eugene and his wife Nengsai and James and his wife Yuni all of Plymouth, Mass. Grandfather of Tara, Ina, and Jennifer, great grandfather of Kayla and Elena Ngo. He also leaves a sister in law Joan Champ, Sister of Mercy DeLourdes (Peggy) Gogarty, and Teresa O'Dwyer, and numerous nieces and nephews in Ireland and the USA.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Kerryman

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