THE FAMILY and friends of the late Thomas (Tom) Tierney are mourning his recent passing.
Tom who sadly passed away on December 13, 2012 was well known throughout New Ross and surrounding areas.
Born in 1944, Tom was the son of Jimmy and Margaret Tierney of Ballinaboola.
He spent his childhood with his twelve brothers and sisters working and playing in the fields of Ballinaboola, an experience which in no small way accounted for his love of his home place and nature in general.
Educated in Cushinstown National School Tom joined the army in the 1960's. He served as a member of peace keeping forces in Cyprus during his time in the army. Like many of his time and following many of his own family members Tom moved to London.
There he met his future wife Maureen (Maura) Tierney nee Brennan. Maureen, a Mayo native, and Tom were married in London in 1969.
Tom served his time as a bricklayer in London and he and Maureen returned to Ireland in 1977 with their two daughters Theresa and Bernie and set up home in New Ross. Their family was completed with two sons Thomas Jnr and James. In 2000 the family moved to Ballinaboola.
Thomas was an easy going, hard working man. He is probably best remembered for his sense of humour and hard work ethic. Sympathisers at his funeral spoke of the support and help in understanding of the building process that he gave to those building or extending their homes.
A dedicated family man Tom had a keen interest in current affairs and was a lifelong supporter of Manchester United and the Wexford hurlers.
Tom was a patient of the Dialysis Unit in Waterford Regional Hospital since 2006 travelling there four times weekly. Tom showed great bravery and resilience throughout his health problems.
His popularity was in evidence by the large attendance at his removal and Funeral Mass.
Tom is survived by his wife, Maureen, children Theresa, Bernie, Thomas and James his sons and daughters-in-law, Sean, Donal, Sonia and Elaine, grandchildren Niamh, AnnieRose, Conor, Sean Og, Sophie and Matthew. Tom is also survived by his brother John ( Wexford), sisters Breda, Agnes and Betty (London), Joan ( Wexford), Eileen (Donegal) and Mary (Tasmania). He is predeceased by his parents, brothers Mattie and Paddy and sisters Kathleen and Peggy.