Monday 19 March 2018

The late Mr John Lane

THE death of John Lane of Park Villa, The Turretts, Charleville evoked widespread regret in Charleville and district.

He was a member of a long established and highly respected local family, and was a highly popular member of the community.

John was endowed with an effervescent personality and ready wit which endeared him to everybody with whom he came in contact.

Having completed his education at C.B.S Charleville, John spent all of his working life in Charleville, the majority of it in the Provender Milling Company of John Morrissey & Sons, at both the manufacturing site on the Kilmallock Road and in their retail outlet located in the landmark cut stone building at Smith's Lane, Charleville.

On retiring from Morrissey's he went into business for himself when he took over the former Suttons Coal Store in Broad Street and operated successfully for many years before moving to the local Byrnes & Dillon Oil Company and remained there until he retired.

An all round sportsman, he played hurling and football with Charleville G.A.A. Club and rugby with the local club. He won a Munster Senior Championship with Charleville Tennis Club and was a founder member of Charleville Squash Club.

John made an enormous contribution to Charleville Golf Club and was captain in 1974, president in 1992, treasurer from 1974 to 1991 and was a trustee of the club up to the time of his death.

He was also a fine actor and was on stage with the St. Colman's Players Dramatic Society, which was pre-eminent in the fifties and sixties in Charleville, and was also a member of Holy Cross Church Parish choir.

The great love of his life was his Kilkee, Co. Clare born wife, Bridie, who predeceased him some three years ago.

He is survived by his son John (Ashbourne, Co. Meath), daughter Claire (Boston, U.S.A.), daughter-in-law Ann, son-in-law Jack, grandchildren Kieran, Chloe, Declan, Owen and Olivia, other relatives and a large circle of friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.