Sunday 18 February 2018

Gent Paddy was a kind decent and lovable man

Paddy McArdle, St. Joseph's Park, Dundalk who died peacefully, surrounded by his family, in Glencarron Nursing Home on March 2nd was a native of Benagh, Riverstown.

Paddy McArdle, St. Joseph's Park, Dundalk who died peacefully, surrounded by his family, in Glencarron Nursing Home on March 2nd was a native of Benagh, Riverstown.

Aged 86, Paddy was one of seven children of Patrick and Jane McArdle. His father farmed a small holding in Benagh, and while he attended school in Lordship, Paddy worked on the family farm where his love of nature and animals was nurtured.

On leaving school, he worked in the CIE goods yard in Barrack Street for a short time and also in the alcohol factory in Cooley before he returned to look after the family farm when his father took ill.

Paddy continued to look after the farm when he married Marie McDonald, their wedding in St. Joseph's being one of the first in the newly created Redemptorist parish in 1976. The couple settled in Marie's family home in St. Joseph's Park where they spent their happily married 38 years.

Paddy was widely known as a kind, decent, lovable man who had the respect of all who knew him, especially his neighbours and this was evident at the numbers who attended his home and his funeral Mass to pay their respect.

When he retired from farming due to health problems, Paddy settled into a very contented family routine with his beloved wife, Marie. This involved daily attendance at Mass in nearby St. Joseph's, and a trip to town for the messages.

His love of animals remained after he moved to Dundalk for he would always feed the birds and kept cats.

His death after a relatively short illness has left his family heartbroken for he was a loving presence in their lives that can never be replaced.

They are however, grateful for the care he received from his own doctor, Sarah O'Brien, the Lourdes Hospital, and especially the matron and staff of Glencarron Nursing Home where he was lovingly cared for in the final weeks of his life.

Paddy is survived by his wife, Marie (née McDonald), son, Patrick, brother, Owenie (Australia), sister, Anna Culligan (England), sister-in-law, Lilly, brothers-in-law, Danny and Paul, and by Dawn, Gretta and Kathleen together with nephews, nieces relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his brother, Johnny and sisters, Maura Farrell, Phyllis Culkin and Bridie McArdle.

Having reposed at his home, Paddy's remains were taken to St. Joseph's Redemptorist Church where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. Michael Cusack, C.Ss.R., who gave a very moving and eloquent eulogy.

The Readings were given by niece, Fiona Culligan and nephew, John Farrell while the Prayers of Intercession were led by grand nephew, Shane Kelly, nephews, Kevin Farrell and Aidan McDonald and family friends, Clodagh Morgan, Loretto Gaughran and Pat Conway.

The gifts that symbolised Paddy's life were presented before Mass by Patrick Morgan, Maureen Tuite and Dawn Jackson, while the Offertory Gifts were presented by niece, Louise Kelly and Loretto Gaughran.

The beautiful music was provided by soloist, Susan Doyle and the organist was Olivia Finnegan.

After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's cemetery and the large attendance at the Mass and interment reflected the deep regard by which Paddy was held.

Month's Mind Mass will be held in St. Joseph's Redemptorist Church on March 30th at 12.30 p.m.

The Argus

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