Monday 23 October 2017

Tour manager Mary had a passion for gardening

THE SUDDEN death of Mary Hickey (née Colfer) of Ballylane has occasioned great sadness in New Ross.

Mary is survived by her husband Pat; son, Alistair; daughters, Diana and Jill; grandchildren, Isobel, Poppy and Sadie; sisters, Caroline Hanly and Jane O'Connor; extended family, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

From New Ross, after finishing school in the Ursuline Convent in Waterford Mary went on to become a senior tour manager with Trafalgar Tours and other companies and was still guiding until quite recently. Throughout the years she also helped with the family business of Ballylane Pet Farm.

Despite being busy with work, she always treasured her time with her hubsand and children.

Mary loved cooking and entertaining and everyone was welcome at her table. In the past she also enjoyed bridge and hunting.

She always loved her golf and she was a member of New Ross Golf Club for many years. A keen gardener, Mary loved flowers, enjoying the garden and loved visiting other gardens around the country with the Co. Wexford Flower Club. Music and travel were also constants in her life and she attended many concerts.

Mary is remembered by her family as the best wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had a bright, adventurous spirit and dispensed intelligence and wisdom to everyone. She was also a generous, warm and kind hearted person.

Mary was in great health in recent times and her sudden death on February 6 was the source of great shock throughout the New Ross area where she was very respected and loved. A large crowd attended her funeral mass which was celebrated by Fr Odhran Furlong, Fr Byrne PP of Cushinstown and Fr Andrew Nugent from Glenstal Abbey on Tuesday, February 11 after her daughters, Diana and Jill, returned from New Zealand.

Diana, her eldest daughter sang and gifts were presented which represented her life. Tributes were paid to the 999 emergency services, paramedics, Monsigor McGarth and Gardaí all of whom were of so much help on the night of her passing. Music was played by the Vladimir Jablokov Quartet, whom Mary had come to enjoy. Mary was laid to rest afterwards in Templetown Cemetery.

The family said they would particularly like to thank Fr Odhran Furlong and Joanne Cooney for all there help during this time.

May she rest in peace.

Gorey Guardian