Saturday 19 October 2019

Thomas was popular amongst Louth's farming community

Obituary: Thomas (Tutsie) McGuinness - 1957-2019

Deep shock and sadness were evoked at the sudden death on 7 March, 2019, at his home, of Thomas (Tutsie) McGuinness, especially in Arthurstown, Tallanstown where he was born, reared, worked and lived all his life.

He is the first of his siblings to pass away, and will be very sadly missed, no more so by his family, as well as by friends and neighbours.

He was always there to assist others and lend a helping hand where needed, particularly in his parish. He was jolly and outgoing, always smiling and was the life and soul of any gathering, and was known far and wide across Co. Louth.

Thomas had a great love of farming which was his livelihood although he served his time as a welder. He was a very hard worker and spent his entire career with farmers in the area, a large part with Raymond Thornton in Newtowndarver.

He was extremely dedicated and took a keen interest in the advances of technology and was fascinated by the power and efficiency of modern-day machinery. He strove to keep abreast of farming methods and was very open to learn, and travelled to Poland to see how they farmed and the machinery they employed.

He also enjoyed going to see older machinery, and had a love of vintage shows which he attended quite regularly.

His life revolved around work which he started at a young age. He also took part in the Mid-Louth FAS scheme which he enjoyed and where he made many friends.

One of five brothers, he was born in the year Louth won their last All-Ireland championship. His mother Mary fondly called him "Tutsie" and it remained with him throughout his life. His parents Tom and Mary died at the relatively young ages of 43 and 42, respectively.

He received his formal education at Tallanstown National School and Ardee Community College. He trained as a welder in the former state training centre, then known as Anco, but never worked in the trade, going straight to work on local farms.

His interest lay in farming and it was an abiding and consuming one throughout his life. He married his wife, Margaret in 1983, and they had one son, Thomas. His son's welfare was paramount to Thomas. He followed his progress through life with avid interest.

He was interested in GAA all his life, and supported local club Glyde Rangers, whose matches he attended.

He was also a staunch follower of Manchester United and travelled to Old Trafford on a regular basis to watch the team play.

He loved watching snooker and Formula 1 on television

In recent years Thomas liked going off on holidays. He twice travelled to Thailand in the last number of years.

He loved animals and had two dogs "Ozzy" and "Chuckie" and made many friends while out walking with them.

Testament to his popularity was the size of the attendance at both his wake and funeral.

Thomas is survived by wife, Margaret; son, Thomas; and Thomas' partner Elaine; brothers, Johnny, Hughie, Richard and Oliver; sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. He reposed at his residence on Saturday and Sunday before being taken on Monday, 11 March to Saint Peter and Paul's Church, Tallanstown.

Father Paul Montague PP celebrated his funeral Mass and delivered the eulogy

Symbols of his life were laid before the altar by brothers, Johnny, Hughie, Richard and Oliver. The readings were given by son, Thomas and his partner, Elaine. His four nephews, Thomas, Alan, Seán and Dean led the Prayers of the Faithful. Offertory gifts were taken up by Margaret and sister-in-law, Margaret. Niece, Michelle read a reflection prayer.

Music was provided by soloist, Philomena Gilmore and organist, Paddy Neary.

As Thomas left the church his favourite song "Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John, which was of great significance to the way he lived his life, was played

He was interred in Reaghstown cemetery. Month's Mind Mass is on Saturday, 13 April at 7.30pm in Saint Peter and Paul's Church, Tallanstown.

Drogheda Independent