Monday 19 November 2018

Barney enjoyed life's simple pleasures, such as fishing

Obituary: Barney Morgan 1930-2017

The late Barney Morgan
The late Barney Morgan

Barney Morgan, Marian Park, Dundalk, died peacefully, in the loving care of his family at home on 5 December, 2017.

He was predeceased by his parents Katie (nee Hogan) and James, his son Brian, his daughter Rosemary, his three brothers and two sisters, his great-grandson Jimmy and his two nieces, Lesley and Catriona.

One of six children to Katie and James Morgan, Barney was the youngest of his five siblings.

He was educated at the De La Salle school until he was 14. He then went to work in Saxon’s shoe shop for a short period.

Barney served his time in the GNR as a boilermaker. He went on to be a chargehand in S & S when the GNR closed, and subsequently became a foreman.

He met his wife Maura at the tender age of 15. They got married in November, 1951.

They started married life in Lennon Melia Terrace, and then moved to a brand new house in Marian Park.

They had four children, Gerard, Brian, Rosemary and Sharon. Rosemary passed away at the young age of just four months due to health complications. Brian passed away in 2015.

Barney was very dedicated to his wife Maura, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He enjoyed the simple things in life. In his earlier years, he enjoyed fishing with his brothers. He especially enjoyed fishing at Greenore.

Barney was also a great gardener and took pride in his garden. He even won prizes for his vegetables!

He had a great love of football also. He used to play for Ballybarrack FC and Moorland.

Music was something Barney never lost love for, even in his illness. He especially enjoyed the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Glen Campbell.

Barney was also a great DIY man and could turn his hand to anything.

Alongside, Fr. McCartan, he ran the HOPS in Marian Park for which he was well known. All the kids enjoyed the HOPS, and any money raised went to the Redeemer Parish.

In more recent years, Barney was diagnosed with dementia which took its toll on him. It led to his rapid decline, along with loss of memory and mobility.

He is survived by his wife, Maura; children, Gerard and Sharon; grandchildren, Gary, Gerard, Laura, David, Daniel, Hayley, Jessica and Keeva; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Barney reposed at his home in Marian Park before his remains were taken to the Church of the Holy Redeemer, where Fr. Paul Montague celebrated Mass and gave the eulogy.

The readings were given by Barney’s grand-daughter, Jessica and family friend, Denis.

Symbols of his life were carried up by Barney’s granddaughter, Hayley and family friend, Sarah. Prayers of the faithful were read by grandchildren, Gary, Gerard, Laura and David.

The Offertory gifts were carried up by granddaughter, Keeva and family friend, Margaret.

Mary O’Hanlon sang, accompanied by organist, Olivia Finnegan. The final song was on CD.

After Mass, Barney’s remains were taken to Lakelands Crematorium in Cavan for cremation.

The Month’s Mind Mass will take place on Sunday, 7 January, 2018, in the Church of the Holy Redeemer at 6pm.

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