Sunday 22 September 2019

John Hammel was the heart of Kilmuckridge


The late John Hammel
The late John Hammel

Proud Wexford man John Busby Hammel (73) of The Crosses, Kilmuckridge lived a life filled with love and joy, known by his very wide circle of friends and neighbours as the Heart of Kilmuckridge.

He was a popular man and was known far and wide for his friendly approach to his community.

He had an eye for detail and decoration, and took great pride in his very own 'Wexford House' which was the highlight for the village all year round.

A farmer by trade, he married locally and took great pride in the home as he took great interest in gardening, keeping his garden beautifully decorated with flowers.

His flowers attracted tourists from all over the world each and every one taking pictures every time they arrived in Kilmuckridge.

Most recently, his unique skill was out in force to support the Leinster Senior hurling champs, being a life long supporter of Wexford GAA.

But the most important thing in John's life were his family and he leaves behind a legacy of nine loving children, John, Jimmy, Fred and Alan, Martina, Annette, Patricia, Lorraine and Roisín as well 21 grandchildren and three grandchildren who all looked up to him.

He adored all his grandchildren and great grandchildren, always having one on his hip bringing them for walks around the local shop.

In 2013, he was honoured by Wexford County Council for outstanding individual contribution and he beamed with pride when receiving this surrounded by his children.

John loved the Christmas celebrations, which was another massive high for the village as he decked every part of the house with lights and decorations attracting people to visit every evening once the lights were switched on.

Although a retired farmer, he refused to retire completely and he loved to be kept busy in later life.

He helped out with his all of his nephew's businesses and everyday he could seen in Hammel's Expert Hardware, Hammel's Centra and the Crosses pub.

Whatever odd jobs needed doing, he was the man for the job being only delighted to help out.

He took joy in reading his copy of the Gorey Guardian every week.

John was one of the first managers of the local St Joseph's football club, and on his approach to his final resting place, gave him guard of honour alongside the dedicated Centra staff.

John Busby Hammel is survived by his sons John, Jimmy, Fred and Alan, and daughters Martina, Annette, Patricia, Lorraine, Roisín, their mother Anne, his siblings Joe, Fr Jim, Pat, Fred, Lily, Margaret, Emi and Caroline, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends.

May he Rest in Peace.

Gorey Guardian