Family man who enjoyed DIY, sport and the craic

Published 16/01/2013 | 09:16

The late Patrick (Pat) McCarthy

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THE UNTIMELY death has taken place of Pat McCarthy, St. John's Park, Castleisland and formerly of Lerrig, Ardfert. Pat passed away at Cork University Hospital on Saturday, December 22, after a short illness.

Pat attended Kilmoyley National School and later Causeway Comprehensive. His first job was in the Stella Restaurant in Tralee and he then worked in Burlington Industries for six years. Pat was then employed by GTI in Abbeyfeale for 16 years and his last employer was Kostal in Abbeyfeale for the past 10 years.

Pat was a family man first and foremost and caring for his family was his first priority in life.

He enjoyed working in the home, carrying out DIY maintenance and improvements. He looked forward to his weekly visit to Ardfert to visit his mother, where again he would carry out any tasks that needed doing.

He liked taking his family for the Sunday drive. He tried his hand at the game of Pitch and Putt and was a member of the Castleisland Pitch & Putt Club.

He enjoyed any occasion that allowed for a get together of friends and family. He seldom drank but indulged in a pint or two now and then. Pat was in his element playing a few games of pool and was a great man for the banter and the craic.

A big Manchester United fan, he enjoyed nothing more than the excitement of watching a game with his son Emmet who is a Chelsea fan.

If the two teams were playing each other the excitement by father and son was mighty. as both would predict a big win for their team on the night.

Pat worked at Kostal in Abbeyfeale for the previous number of years.

He would have been proud of the great turnout of his work colleagues who flanked the funeral cortege when the removal took place from Tangney's Funeral Home to St Stephen's & St John's Parish Church, Castleisland, on St. Stephen's Night, December 26.

Requiem Mass for Pat took place St Stephen's & St John's Parish Church, Castleisland on Thursday morning, December 27 and burial afterwards at the New Cemetery, Ardfert.

Pat's family wish to sincerely thank all the doctors and nurses who cared for Pat, especially the staff of ward 2D and of the Intensive Care Unit of Cork University Hospital for the wonderful care and attention given to Pat.

A special thanks to Bernard and the Tangney family (Undertakers) for their kindness, help and support throughout this sad period.

Pat will be sadly missed by his wife Martina, son Emmet, Mother Christina, brothers Jerry and James, sisters Mary and Patricia, their respective families, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many cousins and a large circle of neighbours and friends.

May the sod rest lightly on his gentle soul.

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