A RESERVED gentleman and a wonderful and witty conversationalist.
That is how Joe Morahan, late of Mountain Road, Tubbercurry is remembered by all who knew him.
Formerly of Morahan's Shop and Funeral Home, Humbert Street, Joe's unexpected death occurred on December 15th. He was aged 76. Joe was born and reared in Humbert Street, son of the late Bernard and Bridget Morahan.
After finishing his education Joe immediately went working in the family business.
He dedicated himself to his career for the next 50 years.
A most charitable man, he helped many families over the years through his work with St. Vincent De Paul. This was done in a quiet way with no fuss. Classmates in Tubbercurry National School of the 1940s recall that Joe was the star performer in many subjects, but particularly arithmetic.
He brought his arithmetic skills and logical thinking into the family business he was to take over.
Joe ran the business efficiently until his retirement in 2002. His work as an undertaker was exemplary. Many grieving families, when at their weakest, found great solace in conversations with Joe as he helped make funeral arrangements.
He always carried out his duties with great dignity and compassion. Joe was also a friend to many people. He listened to their problems and gave advice. People confided in him, knowing a problem would not be repeated.
The Morahan business included a grocery shop and petrol pumps.
If loyal customers found themselves to be financially challenge, Joe ensured that no child went hungry.
At the time of petrol rationing in the 1970's and 80's, Joe, his work colleagues and brother, Tommy, always seemed to have a little petrol for all customers.
The many staff employed at Morahan's were always full of praise for Joe.
The training they got from him stood to them for the rest of their lives.
Joe's remains reposed at the Morahan funeral home which he had built.
His many, many friends called their to pay their respects.
Removal took place to the Church of John The Evangelist, Tubbercurry. Burial took place in Rhue Cemetery. Joe is survived by his wife Joan, who worked alongside him in the business for many years.
He is also survived by daughters, Teresa and Ann; brothers Bernard, Tommy and Seamus; sisters Agnes and Maria; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.