Saturday 19 January 2019

Loyal and kind Christopher was a quiet, gentle soul


The late Christopher Eustace
The late Christopher Eustace

The death occurred recently of Christopher Eustace, a man who grew up in Newbawn and was a familiar face to everyone in the community.

Christopher was born in June 1947, the only child of Dick Eustace and Josie (née O'Neill of Bree).

His father won 11 Wexford Senior Hurling medals between 1926 and 1942 - a record, and passed on his love for the sport to his son, who - although he only played in fields near his home - always had a deep interest in hurling.

Christopher attended school at Carrigbyrne NS and went on to work with his parents on their dairy farm.

When his father died at a young age, Christopher took over the reins of the farm, working side by side with his mother, who lived into her late 90s.

Christopher was an active member of the youth club in Newbawn founded by Fr Jack McCabe in 1962 and enjoyed taking part in quizzes especially. He attended every meeting of the club and would help out in any way he could.

When his mother moved into a nursing home, Christopher had to fend for himself and did so admirably, learning to drive. Throughout he was well cared for within the Newbawn community and was often invited for Sunday dinner in local resident's homes.

He had a deep interest in hurling and was never happier than when Wexford and the local teams won. He attended many Wexford matches over the years, including at Croke Park. He also had a deep interest in farming and would attend the mart in New Ross. A member of Macra na Feirme for many years, Christopher enjoyed the social nights and different competitions and events organised by the club. He revelled in the club's successes in the Wexford efficiency competitions and travelled across Europe with the local Macra group.

A quiet man who was a loyal friend to many, Christopher was a popular member of the community and a devoted pioneer. He received a gold pen in recent years for 50 years as a pioneer. His health failed in recent years and he lived in nursing homes in Ballygarrett and Courtown Harbour where he died last Monday aged 70. A large crowd attended his funeral Mass on Thursday at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Newbawn, after which he was laid to rest beside his parents in the nearby cemetery.

May his soul rest in peace.

New Ross Standard