Sunday 25 February 2018

Ned lived in Melbourne but never forgot his New Ross roots


The late Ned Gladney
The late Ned Gladney

The death occurred of Ned Gladney of Maiden Lane, New Ross and late of Melbourne, Australia, on April 18 and his remains were returned to his native south west Wexford recently to be scattered in keeping with his final wish.

Ned was born in 1929 at 7 Maiden Lane, New Ross, to parents Laurence and Catherine Gladney (née Cleere). He attended school at nearby CBS. In his teenage uears he began working in the malt stores and at Cherry's Brewery from 1946 to 1949.

He then went to Baldonnel in County Dublin to begin an apprenticeship with the Irish Air Corps and qualified as an aircraft engineer in 1953. Ned soon emigrated to England and worked with Hoover for a few years but his independent spirit led him to venture further afield and in 1958 he went to work with Hoover in Sydney.

Ned continued his travels and spent four years living and working in New Zealand before finally settling in Melbourne where he worked as an engineer with GEC. He lived for over 40 years beside the Flemington Racecourse, home of the famous Melbourne Cup.

Ned always maintained very close links with his family in New Ross and made several memorable trips back to his native town over the years. He also hosted many visitors from New Ross on their visits to Melbourne.

Widely regarded as a very knowledgable man and up-to-date with current affairs, Ned had a great love of reading and a razor sharp memory. His favourite author was Sean O'Casey. Ned was a gifted writer himself and his entertaining and witty letters and cards were always well received.

Ned had a very sociable outlook on life. He was a great conversationalist and could hold his own discussing a wide variety of topics. He had a wide circle of friends in Melbourne and in his retirement years, he became a very active member of his local bridge club.

As a mark of respect for Ned, over 80 of his friends gathered in Melbourne at his local bridge club to celebrate and pay tribute to the big friendly Irishman following his passing.

Ned's final wish was for his remains to be returned to his family and native town of New Ross. He was cremated and his remains were flown home to Dublin and brought to New Ross earlier this month.

His ashes were scattered in a private family get-together on August 19, marking the end of an era for the Gladney famnily.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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