Wednesday 17 January 2018

Tom was a great family man


The late Tom Molloy
The late Tom Molloy

Thomas (Tom) James Molloy, who passed away peacefully on August 5, was born in New Ross in 1931 and lived in Boley Hill, Fethard-on-Sea.

His mother died when he was aged six and his siblings were brought up by relatives - while Tom was brought up by his relatives, the O'Flahertys of Battlestown, Ramsgrange.

When he was growing up he remembered planes flying overhead around the time of the Campile bombing and the harsh winter of 1944. He loved living in Battlestown and when he was in his early twenties he decided to look for work in the UK as there was more opportunity there.

It was when he set up his business in the building trade that he met the driver of one of his lorries which turned out to be his future father-in-law George Austin. Tom told George that he was going to marry his daughter Maureen after seeing her for the first time.

After getting married in Colchester where Maureen was from, they decided to move back to Fethard-on-Sea where they bought the pub in 1966. At the same time Tom set up his tarmacadam business which he worked very hard at for over 40 years in Wexford, where he was very well known, in the New Ross area and across the region.

When he retired at 65 his son Jason took over the reins.

Tom never advertised for his work and the phone never stopped ringing as his good work was spread from word of mouth as each customer was so pleased with his work.

Tom was a perfectionist and the odd time when things weren't going to plan one of his popular phrases was 'God help Ireland!' He gave a lot of employment in the area and the people who worked with remember him very fondly - and while they all did a hard days work - they could have a laugh with him as well.

Tom worked all over Leinster and Waterford and knew all the back roads like the back of his hand. Tom and Maureen made a good team. They were always together and were devoted to their children Laura, Jason, Clinton and Shane and eight grandchildren Leah, Amy, Kean, Lauryn, Tori, Katie, Ria and Josh and were delighted to have all the family living so close by.

Maureen ran the pub for over 50 years and was very popular kind and had time for everybody. Tom would often go to Duncannon and Campile so he could meet and have a drink with his friends which he loved to do. He was very popular with the young and old people of the area and they always kept a seat for him as they would love to hear about times past and the interesting things he had to say.

Tom also loved a flutter on the horses and kept the bookies very busy. He loved to put a small amount of money on his bets and would end up somehow with a good amount of winnings.

Tom was a gentleman and also took pride in his appearance and was always smartly dressed.

When Maureen passed away in August 2015 Tom missed her a lot as she was his lifelong partner and they made such a good team. They were devoted to each other and were always together. Maureen was his best friend and now they are together again may they both rest in peace.

A large crowd attended Tom's funeral Mass at All Saints church in Templetown and his burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery alongside Maureen.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.

New Ross Standard

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