Wexford family’s grief following double loss of Thomas and Sean

The late Thomas Buckley.

Simon BourkeWexford People

A Rosslare family have been dealt a double blow following the death of two family members in the space of six days. On Saturday, April 23 Thomas Buckley (41) of Rosslare Strand died suddenly in Australia leaving his family in Ireland bereft. And, as they came to terms with Thomas’s passing, the family were dealt a second blow when Sean Buckley, his grandfather, passed away on Sunday, May 1.

The Buckley family has released the following statement regarding Thomas’s sudden and unexpected passing.

“It is with a heavy heart that we come together to write this tribute in acknowledgement of the tragic loss of Thomas Buckley.

Tom was Gena’s loving partner of 19 years and a completely devoted father to their children Darragh (15) and Alannah (8), whom he adored with a passion.

He will be deeply missed by his parents Miriam and Thomas Snr., who are utterly heartbroken. On behalf of his brothers and sisters Sharon, Darragh, Aisling and Adam, there are no words to describe the void that has been left by his untimely and premature passing. They are proud to have called Tom their son and brother, proud of all that he had overcome in his life and the commitment and hard work he had done to achieve the life he had, for himself and his family in Australia.

Tom had travelled to Sydney over six years ago, where he began working in the construction industry for the BKH Group, progressing to become a part of the health and safety team. In recent months after securing permanent Australian residency for himself and his family, he furthered his career by undertaking a health and safety advisory role for the John Holland Group.

In his spare time, Tom had an avid interest in music of all kinds. From a very young age he was always passionate about all things mechanical, particularly cars, where he could easily spend hours on end restoring them, which gave him a great sense of satisfaction.

Tom was a kind, gentle, affectionate and loving man. He was the life and soul of the party, so fun-loving and with a laugh so infectious he could make you smile even on the worst of days.

Rest in peace our beautiful soul.”

Thomas’s funeral arrangements will be announced in due course, in the meantime his family have asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. To donate https://www.idonate.ie/1471_kevin-bell-repatriation-trust.html

Sean’s funeral Mass will take place in St. Brigid’s Church Rosslare at midday on Thursday, May 5 followed by burial in The New Cemetery, Tagoat.