former Wexford draper Kevin Moran, who passed away recently at the age of 77, was born in 1937 to parents Andrew and Anne Moran, of Barrack Street.
He had three brothers Dessie (Doc), John and Michael and his sister Kitty. Kevin worked for a period of time in London in his early years and then returned to Wexford where he worked all his life in the drapery business. He worked in Jim Kehoe's, Jenkins, Healy & Collins and Sloan's.
In 1974 he then opened his own drapery shop, Kevin Moran Fashions, first in South Main Street and then on North Main Street.
Kevin married Josie in 1964 and they lived first in the Faythe. Then, 42 years ago, they moved to Blackwater. They had four children, Emily, Dick, Aideen and Cora.
When he moved to live in Blackwater, Kevin got involved in parish life and was a member of the hall committee, Corpus Christi Procession Committee and on the management of the school board. Kevin was instrumental in opening St. Paul's Scout Group in Blackwater and was unit leader for many years. This then led to involvement in regional scouting for many years.
Kevin was a member of the St. Vincent De Paul for 64 years, starting in Wexford and then opening conferences in Blackwater and in Kilmuckridge. For his service to the St, Vincent De Paul and to the church and parish of Blackwater Kevin was recently awarded the Beni Merenti medal by Pope Francis.
In 1980 Kevin visited Rome and had a private audience with Pope John Paul the second - his boast was that he shook hands with a saint.
Above all Kevin was a family man and he was always there when you came home.
His family said they wanted to thank everyone who attended Kevin's wake and funeral, those who visited him in hospital and in Knockeen Nursing home, the staff there, the doctors who looked after his health for over 30 years and Dr. McCormick and the palliative care nurses in Wexford, St. Vincent's Hospital and Wexford General hospital.
Kevin's death is deeply regretted by Josie (Nee O'Connor), son Dick, daughters Emily, Aideen and Cora, sister Kitty Hynes, grandchildren, extended family, neighbours and large circle of friends. His funeral mass took place at St Mary's Church, Kilmuckridge, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.