Dunleer lost a true community worker and gentleman with the death of George Harmon.
Speaking at his funeral mass in St Brigid's Church on Thursday, Fr Michael Murtagh spoke of the great value of people like George to any community and how 'we depend on him' - adding that the guard of honour he received and the crowds that turned out, showed how people wanted to thank him for all his efforts.
He said George had cut the lawns with his grandchild with him, the ultimate love of helping out and sharing that love with his family.
He had been part of Beechwood Drive for many years and was a man known by so many.
He had worked in the library service and in the council yard and was also a first responder, a member of the Dunleer firefighting crew.
They posted their own tributes, 'Today is a sad day as we have lost our friend and colleague George Harmon. George served his community selflessly for years . He was the hardest working firefighter in the county and was never afraid to get stuck in or help out in anyway . He was the life and soul of our station for many years and we will truly miss him. Dunleer Fire & Rescue would like extend our condolences & sympathy to George's family and friends . Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
'George gathered friends from all walks of life and everywhere he went, he was held in high regard by everyone that was privileged to know him.'
They led the guard of honour on his final journey.
The service in Ardee also expressed their sympathy. 'It's with great sadness that we learned this morning of the passing of our friend and former colleague George Harmon from Dunleer Fire & Rescue. George worked alongside our Ardee crew at many incidents throughout the county for many years and was one of the hardest working firemen in the county. A true gentleman and one of the nicest lads you could work with.'
George was the beloved husband of Louise and loving father of Sinead, Sarah, John, Bernard and Stephen. He was predeceased by his father Kieran, mother Kathleen and brother John. He is sadly missed by his wife, sons, daughters, daughters-in-law Kelly and Ciara, grandchildren Sean, Adam, Logan, Reece, Ben, Tadhg, Georgie, Alisha, Aryah and Lola, brother Kieran, sisters Anne, MaryRose, Bridian,brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.