PATRICK (Paddy) Campbell of Bishopscourt, Ballyduff, passed away peacefully at Kerry General Hospital on Saturday 1st September.
Born in Cavan in 1932, Paddy grew up in Carrickaboy outside Cavan town. He was actively involved in athletics and played football with the local Ballinagh GAA club.
Paddy moved to Offaly to work on the Bog of Allen for a couple of years before emigrating to London in 1953. A carpenter by trade, he worked in the booming London building industry for the following 19 years including a spell with his own company, Breffni Construction, that he set up with two Cavan friends. He enjoyed the lively Irish scene of the 50s and 60s in Kilburn and Cricklewood.
While in London, Paddy met his wife - Anne Kissane from Lahesrough, Ballybunion - and they were married in London in 1963.
The family moved back to Ireland in 1972, first to Ballybunion and then to Ballyduff, where Paddy started building a house in 1973. He worked in the Ballyduff and Causeway area building and renovating houses over the next 25 years.
With a very outgoing personality, he quickly settled down in Ballyduff and was made very welcome by the local community. Paddy got involved in many local initiatives and, as a member of the Community Council, he played a significant part in the extension to Ballyduff Community Centre in the 80s and the fundraising for this. Paddy also took part in the organisation of weekly card games, bingo and meals for senior citizens at the community centre.
With a passionate interest in politics, Paddy was a life-long member of Sinn Fein and was involved in the party at both local and national level. He was an energetic public speaker and took part in many election campaigns, canvassing all over North Kerry for both council and Dail elections.
Paddy loved the outdoors, keeping a garden and saving the turf. He enjoyed Irish music, especially ballads, and loved waltzing. He had a great love for playing cards, from his youth in Cavan, and was regularly to be found playing 41 at the community centre or down at Wynne's on the Ladies Walk.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he was passionate about the value of education, sport and hard work and encouraged independence of thought and life in his children. He had a hearty laugh and a sentimental streak with a regard for the underdog in most situations.
A lover of horse racing, he was perhaps most content when at the Listowel races or reading the racing pages. He respected honesty and straight opinion and was always up for a good argument.
Paddy developed Parkinson's Disease about 10 years ago.
He bore this with great dignity and bravery, continuing to show an interest in others even when his condition was quite advanced.
He was nursed at home by his loving family with great support from Kerry Respite Care and the local health service.
He is survived by his wife Anne, daughter Róisín, sons Chris, Mike, Des and Brendan, seven grand-children, his wider family and many good friends and neighbours. He will be sorely missed.