The late Pat Crean
IT WAS with great sadness that the news of the death of Pat Crean of Knockglasbeg, Camp became known.
Pat passed away peacefully after a short illness on Monday, June 16 in the care of Sceilig Ward, Kerry General Hospital.
Pat was born in 1931, one of eight children, to Michael (Mikey) and Mary Ann Crean (nee Moynihan). He had three brothers Hugh ,Tom and Martin and four sisters Sr Mary Anthony, Sr Catherine, Sr Teresa Ann and Mary.
Sadly Pat's mother passed away when he was just 10 years old. However his father Mikey Crean was a good parent instilling in Pat a good work etiquette, family loyalty and a deep sense of faith.
He attended Camp National School and like many of his generation went out to work at a young age. Pat was a man who enjoyed working outdoors, working in the earlier days alongside his brother Tom on the family farm and travelling the county thrashing corn, wheat and barley.
He also worked for several years alongside his sister Mary on the Gaynor family farm in the Spa. In later years Pat worked as a labourer with local builders from Camp. Pat was renowned for his strength and his hard work in a time when there was little or no machinery.
Pat was a man who loved company. He loved nothing better than to meet and socialise with people and was well renowned for his storytelling, recalling many stories and events.
Pat was a man of strong principles and beliefs with the issue of national freedom very much part of his ideology.
He had a deep appreciation of nature, collecting dillisk from the beaches in Camp, boiling nettle soup, trapping rabbits and tending to his goats and dogs.
While Pat's mobility was reduced over the last few years he still managed to live a very independent life, taking the bus to Tralee once or twice a week and walking back to Fitzgerald's Junction Bar to meet with the locals.
Despite his independence Pat was a man with huge family loyalty, always there for any family occasion. He had a deep sense of pride for his brothers, his sisters, his nieces and nephews and their families. He was at every family gathering and was always very proud of any family members achievements.
Pat took great pleasure in living a simple uncomplicated life in Camp, the area where he was born, lived his life and was laid to rest.
Pat will be sadly missed by his family and friends
Pat's Funeral Mass took place in St Mary's Church Camp on Wednesday, June 19 and he was laid to rest afterwards in the New Cemetery Camp.
Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dilis.