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‘As a father, grandfather and great grandfather, John Molloy was top of the range’

Mr Molloy – a dapper dresser and fan of Wexford GAA – passed away from Covid in December 2020

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John Molloy is greatly missed by his wife of 61 years, Mary

John Molloy is greatly missed by his wife of 61 years, Mary

John Molloy is greatly missed by his wife of 61 years, Mary

The following passage was written by John Molloy's granddaughter, Amy Molloy

JOHN MOLLOY passed away from Covid-19 in Wexford Hospital on December 23, 2020.

He wasn’t just a number you hear on the news in the evening – he was a husband, father, grandfather, brother and an uncle. He was adored and loved by all who knew him.

His principles in life were simple: family always comes first, you must work hard, but you must also remember to enjoy yourself, “as that’s what it’s all about”.

He is greatly missed by his wife Mary every single day. As a duo, they were inseparable and you would never see one without the other. They were married for 61 years and met as childhood sweethearts. Johnny would cycle to see her in Enniscorthy every evening all the way from Carnew, where he grew up with his brothers and sisters.

He later moved to Summerhill in Enniscorthy, where he and Mary had four children: Anne, Cathy, John and Anthony. As a father, he was top of the range. As a grandfather and great grandfather, he was deeply cherished too and was notorious for slyly slipping money into their palms.

“I can’t see you happy getting it once I’m gone,” he’d say.

He always believed in a good day’s pay for a good day’s work and surrounding yourself with good people. When the first people left earth for space, the TV documentaries said they went where no man had ever gone before. Johnny was like that when handling a digger. He knew the limit he could push it.

He loved donning a dapper suit for the Galway Races every year and going to watch Wexford play.

In normal times, St Aidan’s Cathedral in Enniscorthy would have been packed to the rafters so people could pay their respects to the gentleman that was ‘Johnny’. Instead, people were robbed of a proper chance to say goodbye.

He lived a happy life and made everyone around him happy too.

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