THE UNTIMELY and unexpected death of John Brew, Michael O'Regan Place, Tralee, cast a dark cloud over the community in which he lived.
Aged 62, John Martin Brew, was born in Limerick on October 31, 1949 and was reared by his grandmother Elizabeth Bevill at Thomondgate, Limerick, with his younger brother, Brendan.
He went to school in St Munchin's CBS, Limerick and at the tender age of 15 moved to England with his brother, where they lived with their father. John served an apprenticeship as an electrician and when qualified came back to Ireland, joined the Irish Army, working with the Engineering Corps in Cork.
Upon leaving the army life behind him, John went to work for Kents Co and travelled abroad a lot. A man gifted with a pair of hands to which he could turn to anything, he began working with bog oak when he came to Tralee. He carved many beautiful pieces from the centuries old bog oak, which he called spirit of the bog.
John was a loving and caring father to his two children Jake and Millie. His life revolved around them and he loved to spend time in their company.
John was involved in his local community, cleaning up around the area and tried always to help his neighbours. He would be regularly seen cycling around with his shopping on the front of his bike and briquettes on the back.
John's remains reposed at McElligott's Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 29, followed by removal to New Rath Cemetery.
John is sadly missed by his family, his parents in England and brother in Clonmel.