Tuesday 21 November 2017

Joseph remained a keen gardener

Joseph Hearty 1947 - 2012

Joseph Hearty, Garrybawn, Tom Bellew Avenue, Dundalk who died peacefully at his home on November 12th was a member of one of the town's best known families. Sadly Joseph, who was aged 65, died after a long illness, borne with great fortitude and dignity.

Joseph was one of a family of nine of the late Thomas and Hanna Hearty from the close-knit Hughes Park community, where there was a close affinity between the many young families in the area. Like other members of his family, Joseph attended St. Malachy's N.S.

After completing his education Joseph went to work in construction, finding work with a number of local builders, including McCaugheys and Galligans.

Sadly, his working career ended when he took seriously ill twelve years before his death and never fully recovered.

After his marriage to Ann Lennon, who is a native of Longford the family lived in Oakland Park, but moved to Garrybawn some years to accommodate Joseph's medical needs.

When he was able, Joseph liked nothing better than tending to his garden and he delighted in seeing it bloom. He had a passionate interest in following Glasgow Celtic and in more recent years when he was mostly confined to his home he loved watching sport on TV.

His family deeply appreciate

the support that they received from his carers and the local branch of the Wheelchair Association who made Joseph's life a lot more tolerable by taking him on trips.

In recent months his health deteriorated and he had been a patient in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital for some time before returning to his home where he died in the loving care of his family. He will be greatly missed by his wife, son, brothers and sisters for he was a loving presence in their lives and deeply appreciated the love and support he received.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Ann (neé Lennon), son, Thomas, brothers, Michael (Dundalk), James (England) and Paddy (England), sisters, May Muckian

(Dundalk) and Anna Markey (Newry) and by brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by brothers, Derek and Thomas and sister, Eithne.

Having reposed at his home, Joseph's remains were taken to St. Fursey's Church, Haggardstown where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. D. Brannigan, C.C., St. Patrick's parish who gave the eulogy.

After Mass burial took in the adjoining cemetery and there was a large attendance at both the Mass and interment reflecting the family's strong links with the town.

Month's Mind Mass will be held in St. Fursey's Church, Haggardstown on December 9th at 11 a.m.

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