THE LATE Jeremiah (Jerry) O'Brien late of 94 Knockmoyle, Tralee and formerly of Cahill's Park and O'Rahillys Villas, Tralee, died on Wednesday, October 17.
Jerry has been predeceased by his mother, father, brother Tom, sister Lily and son Donal.
Aged 86, Jerry was born in Rae Street, Tralee on May 1, 1926 and spent his formative school years in Strand Road School. This was followed by further education received from the Christian Brothers School and began his career as a foreman linesman in the ESB shortly after.
He played football with the Kasbah in Abbey Street and also played basketball with many great ESB teams.
Jerry worked for over 30 years with the ESB and often bragged about the many different power lines that he was responsible for across the county during the rural electrification scheme. It was at this time that he met his wife Mary Agnes Lynch at the doors of Cullen church, while putting power lines through north Cork.
He left the ESB in the late 1970s, purchased a taxi plate and spent the rest of his working years as a well known taxi driver in Tralee where he was always known for his quick witted comments and sense of humour.
In latter years, Jerry became a daily mass goer at his local Dominican Church and his faith was very important to him. Jerry had a very strong affiliation with the AA which he joined in the early 1980s and helped many people with their addiction problems. He also liked to play cards and in particular liked to play a game of 31 locally on a regular basis.
In his later years, Jerry and his good friend P. J. O'Connor ( also deceased), could be found every afternoon walking in Fenit which was one of his favourite places in Kerry.
When Jerry's health failed he was taken into full care at Kerry General Hospital and soon after in Tralee Community Hospital. The family greatly appreciate the care he received from the doctors, nurses and staff.
Jerry O'Brien was a real family man and will be sadly missed by his wife Mary, children Tom, Tim, Dermot, Paudie, Michael, Brendan, Maureen, Terry and Julie, his only niece Julie, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and extended family.
The removal of Jerry's remains took place from the Gleasure Funeral Home on Friday, October 19 to St John's Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Saturday at 12 noon, followed by interment in Rath Cemetery.