TOMMY REDMOND, Spa Road, Tralee and formerly of O'Rahilly's Villas, whose untimely death, at the age of 62 years, occurred on Friday, October 26, will be sadly missed by his wife Mary, his children, family and friends.
Although Tommy had been ill for a period of time and had resided at St Joseph's Nursing Home, Kenmare, his passing leaves an indelible mark with everyone who had the good fortune to meet him.
Born and reared in O'Rahilly's Villas, Tommy was son of the late Paddy and Ellen Redmond ( nee Caulfield). His siblings were sisters Mary and Patsy, brother James (Buddy) and the family resided in a loving and caring community, where neighbours helped each other.
Within a stone's throw of his home was the Kerins O'Rahilly's Club and the Low Field, home of Dynamos Soccer Club. Tommy spent many happy hours in the company of his friends booting the leather in whichever field a match was being played. He played basketball with Tralee Parnells and served eight years with the local battalion of the FCA.
Lifelong friendships were made when as a young boy he was part of the cast of the Blue Revue, a variety show to generate funds for the Kerins O'Rahillys. When Tralee Light Opera staged The King and I, Tommy once again appeared on stage as one of the King's children.
Educated at Strand Road School, Edward Street, CBS and Clournalour CBS, Tommy joined the workforce at a comparatively young age. A willing and able worker, Tommy started off with Latchfords in their shop and mill, following which he worked with Gleasures roofing contractors throughout the country.
In latter years Tommy was involved with the Cumann Iosaef Schemes and was the caretaker for the St Anne's Bungalows. In whatever job he was involved, Tommy took great care and pride. This was very evident in the green area and flower beds at St Anne's Bungalows, which were kept in the same pristine condition as his own garden.
Tommy was one of those gifted DIY people, who could turn his hand to anything. Whenever neighbours and friends had a problem it was Tommy who got the call to help in their hour of need.
Tommy and his wife Mary celebrated their 40th ruby wedding anniversary in September of this year. Their paths first crossed at the ballroom of the Brandon Hotel and he swept her off her feet. Their union was blessed with sons Michael, Brian and Thomas and their birth of their grandchildren Sarah, Ellie, Abbie, Alec and Lily, brought them further joy and happiness.
It was the simple pleasures of life that brought Tommy the greatest contentment. Weekends away in Ireland or holidays in Jersey or the Isle of Man, were his preference rather than a sun holiday.
Tommy enjoyed the convivial company of friends over a pint and the puff of a cigarette. He had a great interest in birds, especially canaries and finches and bred many clutches. A dog lover, he was to be seen walking with his beloved Golden Labrador Polo along the canal bank on a regular basis.
Tommy's family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to the Kidney family and the staff of St Joseph's Nursing Home, Kenmare, who cared for him during his illness.
Tommy's remains reposed at his home on Sunday evening, October 28. Removal took place on Monday morning to St John's Church for 10am Mass, followed by burial in Kilbannivane Cemetery, Castleisland.
Tommy is mourned by his wife Mary, sons Michael, Brian, Thomas, grandchildren, sisters Mary and Patsy, brother Buddy, daughters-in-law Karen, Anna and Theresa, relatives, neighbours and friends.
He has gone to tend the roses in the garden of the Lord.