Wednesday 23 January 2019

Pat Molloy of Ballywilliam, Gorey passed away surrounded by his loving family

The late Pat Molloy
The late Pat Molloy

Sara Gahan

Pat Molloy of Lyndale, Ballywilliam, passed away at his home on Thursday, August 9, just 11 days short of his 80th birthday, after a short illness. He was in the loving care of his wife of 56 years, Martha, and their six children Anne (Dixon), Michael, Lorraine (O'Sullivan), Patricia, Mary and Patrick.

Pat was born in Ballylacey, Gorey on August 20, 1938 and was third eldest in a family of 13 - eight boys and five girls, and pre-deceased by his parents John and Nancy (nee Sarah Ann Black) and a brother and sister who sadly died in infancy.

He is also survived by his two sons-in-law Tom Dixon of Pallas and Tom O'Sullivan of Craanford, and daughter-in-law Marie Leonard of Tuam, ten grandchildren and three great grandsons, who were all a source of great joy for him and he enjoyed much amusement from their antics.

He is survived by his 10 siblings, Art (Arklow), Mick (Inch), May (Iowa USA), Sean (Gorey), Eileen Teevan (London) Liam (Birmingham), Teresa Reilly (London) Ann Mannion (Gorey) Kevin (Headford) and Dermot (Ballyminaun) and missed by his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews, relations and friends

Pat was an extremely diligent and loyal worker, with a genius mind for engineering and manufacturing. After he got married to Martha he had a few career changes. He worked in the UK in the mines in Turlough Hill and farmed in Ballywilliam before starting his own engineering company, thereby fulfilling his keen interest in manufacturing and engineering.

It was through this that his work and work ethic were recognised by Pat Walsh of Custom Compost and it was there that he worked the remainder of his career, as Works Engineer. It was a measure of the esteem in which he was held that members of that team came to visit him while he was unwell.

Pat started to visit his sister May in Iowa and planned these yearly trips with great excitement. It was the highlight of his year in many ways.

He had a keen interest in nature, wildlife and animals, especially birds, with finches being his favourite. He had a great love for dogs and allowed that he never met a dog he didn't like.

His greatest treasure and first love was his family.

Pat had a very deep faith and lived it out very quietly, attending daily Mass with Martha and would have a cheery word for everyone he met. He found great peace in his daily Rosary and was rarely too far away from a set of Rosary beads. He was an extremely generous person, with his love, his knowledge and his time and many good deeds done will only ever be known by those on the receiving end.

He was a true gentleman, full of fun, devilment, a quick wit and a great sense of humour. He found joy in very simple things, he had a great laugh and loved to laugh, he could bring the house down laughing at Laurel & Hardy or The 3 Stooges or some of the Disney cartoons. He absolutely loved and appreciated his life.

Pat left an impression on everyone he met, you left his company feeling enriched, perhaps unsure exactly why, but you knew that he was special and that you would trust any advice he had given. He was one of life's true gentlemen and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

Pat's Months Mind Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 8, in St Michael's Church, Gorey at 7.30 p.m.

Gorey Guardian