The Bridgetown and surrounding community were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jimmy Furlong, Bridgetown South, who passed away peacefully in Wexford General Hospital on December 28.
Born on December 23 1938 in Horetown, Killinick, Jimmy lived there for many years as one of a family of eleven. He was a hardworking, obliging and selfless individual who would go out of his way to lend a helping hand whenever it was required.
In March 1967, he married his beloved wife of 48 years, Ciss Kehoe, in St. David's Church, Mulrankin, Bridgetown, before setting up home in Orristown, Killinick. It was there where he went on to raise his family of four boys: Noel, Michael, Tom and David. He later moved to Ciss's native Bridgetown.
Jimmy was a man with strong family values. He cherished all of his family, particularly his seven grandchildren - Jennifer, Rebecca, Sean, Aishling, Eoin, Daniel and Kayla - and showed a keen interest in everything they did. He was a huge supporter of GAA which stemmed from his time on the field with both St Fintan's and St Martins GAA clubs. His second love was all things equine, from riding out in Dr McCarthy's in his early years, studying form every morning and picking the day's runners before retiring to the fire to watch the day's racing. He paid particular attention to one Declan Bates, his granddaughter Jennifer's fiancé, who is now racing in Australia.
During Jimmy's retirement his love of horses continued with his newest interest Molly - his son Michael and granddaughter Becky's horse. Jimmy rode the horse himself in his last hunt at the age of 72, evidence of which was presented to the altar during his requiem mass by Becky.
In 2004, Jimmy retired from farming, a job which he loved. He worked the land in many parts of Wexford during his employment at Stafford's Kerlogue, The South Slob Lands, Tomas Power Clongaddy, Paddy Heffernan's Ashfield and his final post in Valarie Hore's Tilladavins, from which he took retirement.
Jimmy bore his short illness with great dignity and courage and fought it to the end, never letting it get him down. He was always positive which was helped by his strong faith.
Jimmy passed away peacefully under the care of St Bridget's Ward, Wexford surrounded by his loving family on December 28 2015.
Jimmy is sadly missed by his wife Ciss, sons Noel, Michael,Tom and David, daughters-in-law Geraldine, Lyn and Dianne, grandchildren, brothers, sister, nieces and nephews.
Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam.