Johnny was one of 'nature's gentlemen'
Published 04/12/2013 | 05:36
The late John 'Johnny' Meehan
JOHN 'Johnny' Meehan, Station Road, Ardfert, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, October 23, at the age of 77 years.
Johnny, who was born on November 19, 1935 in Ardfert to Thady and Julia Meehan, attended school in Ardfert and then Tralee.
He began his working life in the Carroll and O'Mahony Mills at the Cross Ardfert, moving on to O'Connor's shop in Ardfert village and then for some two he years worked in Killarney Hospital. Johnny took up employment in Burlington textiles in Tralee, later to become Kloppmans, where, upon its closure, he retired.
Johnny was extremely popular with his fellow workmates and management alike. He enjoyed life to the full with family members and large circle of friends and neighbours and was always there to brighten the lives of others.
He always had a smile on face and a joke on his lips with his catchphrases 'Hello Maam' or 'The Bishop is coming'.
He was a most generous and kind man and was definitely one of 'nature's gentlemen', and without doubt did not have an enemy in the world. Johnny above all was a 'character', who was very humorous, and always in a good mood.
A profound, man he was very religious and dedicated his prayers and thoughts to St. Faustina.
Johnny was a bachelor and dedicated a lot of his life to his devoted sister Della. In the past few years John's health deteriorated, especially in the last six months, which required nursing home care. The final chapter of his life was spent in the outstanding care provided by the staff at Riverside Nursing Home, Abbeydorney.
Johnny was pre-deceased by his father and mother in 1969 and by his sister Mary Bridget (Della) who died in 2007. His elder brother Michael is living In Dublin with his wife Maura, his two nieces Annette (Wexford) and Margaret (Clare), and nephew TJ (Dublin).
A large and widely representative congregation turned out for the removal of his remains from Gleasure's Funeral Home, Tralee to St Brendan's Church, Ardfert and again at the requiem Mass and internment afterwards to Churchyard Cemetery.
We will miss his gentle humour, the warmth he extended to everyone he met, but we will treasure his memory forever.