Tuesday 15 October 2019

James' way of life and pleasures were simple and he loved his pets

Obituary: James Durnin - 1942-2019

The late James Durnin.
The late James Durnin.

James Durnin, Woodview Park, Castletown, Dundalk, who died on 12 January, 2019, lived all his life in his native town, bar a short few years in England.

He was a man with a great love of animals who would go without to take care of his beloved dogs and cats. His way of life and pleasures were simple.

James’ main interest outside his pets was derived from watching television and old films. He possessed a sizable collection of CDs, his favourite movies, mainly of the cowboy variety featuring John Wayne, his favourite actor. He viewed these films repeatedly.

Ironically, it was from the movie world that he was given at a young age the nickname ‘Gumbo’ by which he was fondly known. ‘Gumbo’ was a character in the fictional Tarzan story, and James displayed similar agility to swing from trees and jump from heights during his school days.

He hailed from O’Hanlon Park where he was reared. He was one of six children of the late Denis and Catherine Durnin. He went to school nearby in the De La Salle.

He worked on a fruit and vegetable stall outside the main post office and then spent a while in the former Macardle Moore brewery on the Ardee Road before going off in search of work in England.

He worked in the steel industry while in Manchester before returning home. He lived in the family home and then Ladywell Square for some time before spending his final years in Woodland Park.

James loved going for walks with his pet dogs. Sadly, illness intervened and he wasn’t able to walk the dogs. He then bestowed his affection on cats. He endured much suffering at the end but passed away peacefully in the dedicated care of the staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

James was predeceased by his parents, along with sisters, Dora and Biddy; brother, Denis and brother-in-law, Martin Trodden.

He is sadly missed by his sorrowing sister Mary Donohoe; brother, Larry; brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.

After reposing at Quinn’s Funeral Home, Bridge Street, on Saturday and Sunday, James was removed on the Monday to Saint Nicholas’ Church. The funeral Mass was celebrated by Father Sanjay who delivered the eulogy.

Gifts symbolising his life were laid before the altar by his friend Matt English, nieces, Orla and Lauren and nephew, Liam. These included his remote control, a photograph of James and a dog lead.

The Readings were given by Lauren and Nasha. The Prayers of the Faithful were led by nieces, Sandra, Orla, Lauren and Nasha; nephew, Liam and brother-in-law, Mick.

The Offertory gifts were taken up by sister, Mary and brother-in-law, Mick. Mick shared a reflection after Holy Communion.

The beautiful music was provided by singer Sarah McCourt and organist Brendan McCourt. Burial followed in Saint Patrick’s cemetery, Dowdallshill

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