Saturday 16 December 2017

Quiet Patrick became the life and soul as his musical talents shone

Patrick McNamee 1949 - 2012

THE DEATH occurred suddenly on October 25 of Patrick McNamee, 9, St. Alphonsus Road East, Dundalk whose life was marred by tragedy, as his father died before he was born and he lost the sight in one eye in a shooting during a robbery, forcing him to retire early.

Aged 63, Patrick hailed from Ravensdale, where he spent his early life. He was the only child of Patrick and Margaret ' Gretta' McNamee and attended primary school in the De La Salle in Dundalk. When he finished his formal education he gained an apprenticeship with a local dry cleaning firm, Linencare.

During his youth, Patrick was active in his local youth club and was a keen boxer, winning titles at juvenile level. He was also a gifted accordion player who performed with the Artane Boys band and was an accomplished piano player.

After Linencare, Patrick's working career took him into the security business, working with Securicor, and in the licensing trade. He was manager of the former Woodwin Bar – now The Fane, in Park Street – before his life took a turn for the worst. He was innocently caught up in a robbery in town during which he was shot in the head, causing him to lose the sight in his left eye.

Though the incident completely changed his life, Patrick saw in his heart to forgive the perpetrator for while he was very determined in his views and hated injustice, he was very fair minded.

Patrick's musical talent could have allowed him to make a career in the business but he preferred to play with a small group of friends. He had a big interest in radio and made a lot of friends through the Citizen Band amateur network, and struck up many genuine friendships.

He liked classical and traditional music, and also going out for meals and visiting and viewing scenic places of nature like Stephenstown Pond and the Cooley Peninsula.

Essentially Patrick was a private individual but on occasions, in a social setting where music was involved, he would be the life and soul of a party.

Patrick spent all his life in Dundalk with the exception of short spells where his work took him to other parts of the country. For the last 30 years he resided at St. Alphonsus Road.

He suffered a heart attack a few years ago after the death of his mother in 1989 but while he had a heart condition his passing was very sudden.

He was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his partner, David Rogan, cousins, close friends and acquaintances.

Patrick's remains reposed at McGeough's Funeral Home before being taken to St. Joseph's Redemptorist Church for Requiem Mass.

Patrick's remains were subsequently taken to Glasnevin for cremation at which Fr. Brian White CC Blackrock officiated at a prayer service.

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