A jovial publican and businessman whose generosity knew no bounds is how the people of Wexford will remember Jack Dooley, who sadly passed away on May 25 following a long illness.
Born in Baltinglass on November 21 1930, Jack had four brothers and three sisters whom he was very close with. At the age of 16, he travelled to London to find work and learn more about the world. In 1947, Jack was required to enrol with the army. He became a barman at an RAF camp and it can be said that it was there that he found his vocation. He loved working in the bar and all of the public interaction and banter that came along with it.
He also found work in a seafood and cocktail bar in Picadilly, where he brushed shoulders with some of London's most famous stars.
While in London, Jack met Winnie Meyler from Selskar and the pair went on to get married. From then on, they were inseparable and became known to everyone as "Jack and Win". They had four children - John, Paul, Mark and Angie.
In 1977, Jack and Win purchased Tom Beaky's pub in Wexford town, which they later renamed The Pike Corner. The pair were at the forefront of Wexford business for 12 years and brought great life to the cosy pub. They made many friends while they were there. From 1986 until 1989, the pub was the winner of the Wexford Singing and Swinging Pubs competition - an achievement that Jack was very proud of.
Two of Jack's brothers emigrated to Australia and in 1990, himself and Winnie decided to join them. However, their hearts remained in Wexford and after a short time there, they decided to return home. They owned two adjacent houses in Wexford town and on their return, they decided to convert them into a bed and breakfast known as Dooley's B and B. They ran it for over 18 years, welcoming people from all across the world into their home with open arms.
Through the many years working and living together, Jack and Winnie's relationship remained as strong as ever. In 2006, the loving couple renewed their vows in honour of their fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Jack was also an extremely loving father who, despite being a busy businessman, had all of the time in the world for his four children. While running The Pike Bar, he set up a fuel company with his son Paul which became a thriving business for many years.
Jack was a man of simple pleasures who wanted to see everyone happy. His family was his life, particularly his beloved wife whom he sadly lost to illness eight years ago.
Jack developed Alzheimer's later in life but was able to remain in the comfort of his home thanks to the care of his children. It was there that he passed away peacefully in recent days.
Jack's long and happy life was remembered by family and friends at a large funeral at the Church of the Assumption Bride Street on May 27. His burial took place afterwards in St Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown.
The Dooley family wish to thank Fr James Cullen, Fr Aodhán Marken, HSE staff Patricia and Miah, the staff from Home Instead, Dr Stephen Bowe and the Caredocs for their assistance in caring for Jack during his illness and with his funeral. They also wish to thank Paddy Mulligan for his role in the funeral arrangements and Jack's long-time friend Padge Reck, who made a lovely speech at Jack's funeral.
Jack will be sadly missed by his children John, Paul, Mark and Angie; brothers, sisters, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.