‘Park’ Cowman was a great GAA man who loved Duffry Rovers
The community in Kiltealy was saddened recently to learn of the passing of Patrick (Park) Cowman.
One of the area's oldest citizens Park passed away at his residence in Askinvillar, Kiltealy, on Saturday, August 24, surrounded by his devoted family.
His passing occurred two weeks prior to his 90th birthday.
Born on September 12, 1929, he was one of four children. He was married to his beloved wife Kate for 66 years and the couple had six children.
A big GAA fan, Park was passionate about hurling and was a devoted follower of the Wexford team as well as being an avid supporter of his local Duffry Rovers GAA club.
He liked nothing better than dissecting a good game of hurling with the neighbours who regularly called to visit.
His other big interest was traditional music; he played button accordion and his love of music was something that he passed on to all his family.
Park was a quiet, unassuming, and pleasant man and was widely regarded as being an absolute gentleman.
Happy and good natured, he endeared himself to everyone he met.
From the large gathering of mourners who attended his wake and funeral it was continually said that he was indeed a 'gentleman'.
In recent times his health was in decline but he bore his illness with great courage.
He never complained and kept his great sense of humour right up until his final days.
His family were very appreciative of the support they received from people within the community and also from professionals who tended to Park during his illness.
One family member commented: 'We wish to acknowledge and thank PHN, Aoife Kehoe, Wexford General Hospital, Waterford Regional Hospital, Dr Mairead Kelly GP, Cara Murphy, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wexford Hospice Homecare, Fr Jim Fegan, Fr Michael Byrne and Bishop Brennan. We would also like to thank all our neighbours and friends who were so supportive and helpful to us. While it is impossible to thank everyone individually, we trust that you will accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our heartfelt appreciation.'
A large crowd attended Park's Requiem Mass which was held in St Patrick's Church, Kiltealy, on Monday, August 26.
The celebrant was Fr Michael Byrne and music was provided by members of the Kiltealy, Pike and Cloughbawn choirs.
Members of Park's family offered prayers and gave readings.
Park is survived and missed by his wife Kate; children, Seamus, Bridie, Mary, Christina, Teresa and Triona; sons-in-law; daughter-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; extended family; neighbours and friends.
Park's months mind mass will take place in St Patrick's Church, Kiltealy, on Saturday, September 28, at 7 p.m.
Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam.