Gentle Martin Kielthy was a loyal family man
Martin Anthony Kielthy died suddenly on October 22 and his death led to great sadness within the community.
Martin was born in Michael Street to Thomas and Molly Kielthy and has two brothers Tom and Jerry and three sisters Peggy, Lena and Kathleen.
He attended Michael Street school and went on to second level with the Holy Ghost Fathers in Kimmage. When he returned to New Ross he served his time as a plasterer with Jim Ryan in the Irishtown and in later years worked with the Caulfield Brothers.
Martin met his wife Lily at a dance in Taghmon and the couple were married in 1968 had three children and settled in the Bosheen.
Affectionately known as Fuzz Martin, he had a great love of the outdoors where one particular joy was spending many an hour on the river with his old friend Pat Kavanagh.
Martin loved music and played with the Confraternity Band for the visit of President Kennedy. He spent many a happy hour socialising with his retired friends going to Wexford matches, and watching his beloved Liverpool. Martin fulfilled a life-long ambition when he visited Anfield in 2012 with his grandson.
Martin and Lily were a united couple and Martin was a genuine, quiet man and loyal friend.
His sudden passing came as a great blow to all who knew him and was reflected in the large attendance from far and wide at both his wake and his funeral.
He will be remembered as a family man; a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle whose infectious laugh will be greatly missed by those that knew him.
Martin is sadly missed by his loving wife Lily; sons TJ and Marty; daughter Sandra; grandchildren Adham, Tara and Molly; son-in-law; daughters-in-law; extended family and friends.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.
New Ross Standard