The death occurred of Francis Stafford, New Line Road, Clonmines on August 16, aged 71.
Francis is survived by his wife Elizabeth; sons James and John; daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Suzanne and Frances.
Francis was very well known and respected with many great friends and neighbours.
He enjoyed the simple things in life and lived life to the full. He enjoyed farming the land and was always willing to help out neighbours and friends.
Francis was very active in the community and had many interests. He enjoyed Skittles, Tug-of-War, GAA, Ploughing, Mumming, singing in the church choir, listening to country music and attending local dances. He always enjoyed annual trips with the Mumming groups.
Every September he would attend the National Ploughing Championships. He would also help to organise the St. Leonard’s Christmas Lights Tractor Run for charity every year – always an exciting event for all involved.
Francis was a true family man and he always enjoyed family gatherings. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. They were his pride and joy and they adored their Grandad. The Stafford family will always treasure the many memories they shared with Francis.
For Francis always had a positive outlook on life and he never complained once – even during his illness.
Francis is survived by his wife and children; daughters and sons-in-law Lisa, Anne-Marie, Brendan, Johnny, Conor and Dylan, his nephew James, grandchildren Dylan, Saoirse, Emily, Sophie, Isabel, James, Seán, Frankie, Alannah, Fiadh, Max, Ruby, Éabha and Annie. His sisters Bridget, Eileen, Margaret, Anne and Marion, nieces, nephews and extended family. He was pre-deceased by his parents James and Bridget and his brother Michael. A large crowd attended his wake and funeral mass which was a perfect reflection of his life.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.