THE loss of popular Camolin man Raymond Morrissey has been keenly felt by his family and friends since his death in January of this year.
The father of three lived for his family and adored his wife Mary and sons Fintan, Leon and Ray junior.
He had a passion for keeping active and made sure that he involved them in all kinds of sports from badminton, tennis and snooker to darts and GAA. The Morrisseys went on to win many medals and trophies which even took them to Hillbrook to play in many competitions.
Raymond built a snooker room in the house where his boys would play for hours. It was all good training as he would bring them around to play in many tournaments all over the county, often travelling late into the night.
Raymond also bought a touring caravan and took his family all over Ireland at weekends, taking Monday off work especially. At times he would even take them to Wales and Scotland.
He is remembered for being a great dad, something his children have passed on to their own children, Raymond’s grandchildren.
By profession, Raymond was a trained hairdresser and came out on top at the All-Ireland Hairdressing Finals in 1982.
He trained in Dublin before opening his own business in Wexford town. Over seven years he built it up to 13 staff members and was sad when the whole building went up for sale unexpectedly.
But it ended up being a great opportunity, as Raymond then opened his business in Camolin, which he ran successfully for 40 years, often working late into the night. Sometimes he would even call to people’s homes if they were unable to attend his salon and customers would travel far and wide, coming from Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford and even Dublin, as he was known as a champion hairdresser.
Raymond’s family have extended a big “thank you” to all local customers who supported him over the years and who would often call to the Morrissey kitchen for a social cup of tea, which Raymond loved to provide.
Raymond is survived by his wife, sons, grandchildren Tyra, Tiernan and Matthew, daughters-in-law Eimear and Margaret, Raymond’s partner Laura, extended relatives and friends.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.