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Welsh native who had a love of all things Irish

Published 13/02/2013 | 09:50

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The late Tim O'Gorman

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Tim O'Gorman, who's unexpected and untimely death occurred on December 13, 2012 at Heath Hospital Cardiff, came as a great shock to his family and friends on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Aged 42, he was the only son of Timmy and Anne O'Gorman, Newport, Gwent, South Wales. His late father Timmy came from Brehig, Cordal, Kerry and his mother Anne from Cork. He was born and reared in Newport but he was everything Irish and from a very early age spent many the summer holidays with his aunt, Maureen (O'Gorman) Brosnan, cousin Johnny and wife Catherine and family in Threegneeves, Currow.

His love for Irish music and song always stayed with him and while on holiday he would visit the local pubs with his father and family and meet many a cousin and friend for a chat and sing song.

Tim met the love of his life, Catherine, in Newport. Catherine is originally from Douglas, Cork city, and they were great friends throughout their relationship, enjoying many a great night with her family and friends in Douglas.

They both loved adventure, travelling to Australia, Europe and United States and often told many a fascinating and entertaining story about their travels. After a long courtship, Catherine and Tim tied the knot in Blackrock Castle in April 2011.

A few short months later Tim was diagnosed with an illness that he so bravely fought till the end. His courage, strength, and dignity shone through inspirationally, while remaining positive to the end despite the hurdles and setbacks he endured.

In October 2011 Tim was dealt another blow with the loss of his great friend and father Timmy after a short illness. They had worked together in the building trade for years and were more like brothers than father and son.

Sport played a big part in Tim's life. Chelsea, 'The Blues', was a big part of his life, a loyal supporter he travelled far and wide to support them, celebrating one of the greatest moments when they won the European Cup last year.

He also followed Irish sport with a keen interest, especially GAA when his cousin Liam Brosnan was involved, and his proudest moment came when Liam won an All-Ireland Minor medal in '94. Of course, being a Welsh man he was bound to be a huge supporter of rugby and he followed the fortunes of Munster and Ireland with great interest especially as one of his sporting hero's and good friend was the late Moss Keane.

Moss and Tim were of same stature and were the life and soul of every family occasion in Kerry.

Following requiem mass at St Michael's Church, Newport on Thursday, December 19, Tim's remains were brought across the Irish Sea to Ireland, a wish of Tim's. On Friday December 20, he reposed at O'Sullivan's Funeral Home, Turners Cross and requiem mass followed on Saturday 21st at St Columba's Church, Douglas. Tim was then laid to rest in St John's Cemetery in the beautiful countryside of Ballinrea, Co Cork.

Tim's jovial spirit will be so sadly missed by his cousins The Brosnan's, Threegneeves, Currow, Co Kerry, his wife Catherine, mother Anne, sisters Julia and Deirdre, nieces Catherine and Hannah, Aunt Tess and family in Yorkshire, The Kearney family, Douglas, Cork City, and his many neighbours and friends both in Currow and Newport.

Under the Irish Skies, May you rest in Piece Tim, Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Kerryman

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