Sunday 18 March 2018

Family, religion and farming were Neddy's priorities in life

Edward (Neddy) Murphy
Edward (Neddy) Murphy

THE SUDDEN death of Edward (Neddy) Murphy of Davidstown, Slieverue, occurred on Monday July 21 at University Hospital Waterford, after a short illness.

Edward (Neddy) Murphy was the only son of William and Catherine Murphy (née Irish). He was born on August 27, 1927 and passed away in his 87th year.

Born in Davidstown, he attended Glenmore primary school. He left school to help his father out on the family farm and then took over with his mother at a young age after the passing of his father in 1956.

Neddy married Mary Breen on June 27, 1972. They had two children, Liam and Catriona.

Neddy worked all his life in Davidstown and the most important things in his life were his family, religion and looking after family farm. He loved farming and worked very hard with everything to do with farming. He also loved to go to the mart and local creamery where he would meet with many neighbours and friends to have a chat.

Neddy enjoyed spending time outdoors and took a special interest in the seasons and how nature changed throughout the year. He loved the long evenings and watching how the moon brought changes to the weather.

He also followed the local Glenmore hurling club and thoroughly enjoyed watching Kilkenny playing in league and championship games and especially to see Kilkenny win another All-Ireland made it all the sweeter.

In 2000, Neddy underwent a successful triple heart bypass. He made a full recovery from this and still enjoyed the things that were most important to him.

He attended Mass up to a fortnight prior to his passing as his faith was part of daily life along with the family rosary.

He was cared for at home by his loving family Mary, Liam and Catriona with the tremendous help from the HomeCare Team. This fulfilled Neddy's wish to stay at home for as long as possible.

Neddy's heartbroken family wish to thank everyone who sympathised with them on their recent sad loss of someone who can never be replaced.

A family spokesperson said: 'Thanks to everyone who helped in so many ways.'

Neddy's months mind mass will be held on Saturday, August 23 at 7.30 pm in The Church of Assumption, Slieverue.

Neddy is survived by his wife Mary; son Liam; daughter Catriona; brother-in-law, John; sisters-in-law Ann, Breda, Sr. Elizabeth; relatives, neighbours and friends. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Michael.

Ar Dheis De go Raibh a h-anam.

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