Friday 19 January 2018

Thomas was a gifted gardener and cook

The late Thomas Kavanagh.
The late Thomas Kavanagh.

Thomas Kavanagh 1973 -2012

THOMAS KAVANAGH died suddenly and poignantly on the day of his 39th birthday on November 21st last at his home at 9, Cypress Gardens, Bay Estate. He was a talented all round handyman, with a great gift for gardening and cooking and possessed a ' happy go lucky' personality whose laughter with his distinctive laugh was infectious.

Thomas hailed from Williamstown, Castlebellingham. He was the youngest of seven brothers in a family of nine, including two sisters of Joe and the late Kathleen Kavanagh (neé Lynch). The family are well known and respected in the Castlebellingham area with his mother from the village and father from nearby Dromiskin.

Thomas lived most of his life in Williamstown. He received his national school education in Kilsaran and worked on the local farm of and also in a gardening capacity for Larry Goodman, one of the country's foremost entrepreneurs for a total of 15 years after attending Dunleer Technical School.

He loved gardening and his talent was much in demand. He was an equally talented cook, delighting in the opportunity to cook for family and friends and to impart knowledge to them on the topic.

He pursued a cookery course at DkIT College as part of which he travelled to France, but unfortunately did not get to complete it. He also was a fine baker.

His working life also saw him work as a PVC installer, which brought him to different parts and his gregarious nature led to him making friends easily.

He enjoyed being out socialising, being in company having a drink and sharing a laugh and a joke. He was well known in different local bars in town. Another favourite pastime of Thomas was bingo that his mother introduced to him when he was younger.

He moved to Dundalk to live with brothers Michael and John, and resided for the last 14 years at Cypress Gardens.

He was predeceased by his mother Kathleen in 1991. He is survived by his father Joe, Williamstown, brothers, Gerard, Louth Village, Joe jnr Faughart, Michael and John, Cypress Gardens, James, Castlebellingham, Emmet, Kildare, sisters, Mary, Ardee, Catherine, Farndreg, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Thomas reposed at Connor's Funeral Home Dunleer, where Rev. Michael Hickey, C.C., Tenure conducted a prayer service before the remains were removed on the Saturday to St.Mary's Church, Kilsaran.

Very Rev. Eamon Treanor PP, celebrated the Requiem Mass at which symbols representing Thomas' life, including a gardening set, cooking uniform and book were laid before the altar by Joe Jnr and Catherine.

Brothers, Joe and Gerard and sister, Catherine formed the Offertory Procession. The Readings were given by Malcolm McDonnell, a friend and sister- in-law Anne Kavanagh, with the Prayers of Intercession led by nephews and nieces Aaron, Jasmine and Chloe and friend Clodagh Kearney.

The music was provided by organist Barry Courtney, a friend of the deceased, and a beautiful poem in appreciation of Thomas was written and read out by his friend Laura Tuite before the end of Mass. Burial followed in the adjoining cemetery. Month's Mind Mass is on Saturday, December 22nd in Saint Mary's Church, Kilsaran at 7.30pm.

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