Well-known Wexford man Mr Richard (Dick) Fortune of Abbey St passed away on May 10 at home with his family at the age of 76 years after battling many years with cancer.
Born in Johns Gate Street, Richard attended the Christian Brothers School, in Georges Street.
He started his work career a trainee in McCormack & Heggartys Joinery on Wexford Quay front and then went on to work in Stafford's coal yard for many years. Richard also worked for Wexford Corporation as a refuse collector until he took up his role in the Wexford social Welfare office which he did for 20 years until he retired in 2004.
Richard had many interests in his life, and could be regularly been seen fishing of Wexford Bridge, His other interests were racing his pigeons and he was a member of Wexford Pigeon club. Richard was also a keen photographer and loved to take pictures of his family and friends.
In his younger years Richard was a keen Gaelic footballer and played with 'The Marys of Maudlintown.'
Richard is sadly missed by his wife Marie and children Richard (junior) Trina, Derek, Lorraine, Dominic and Danielle and his grandchildren plus his sisters Breda, Betty, Mary and Celine and brother John.
His funeral mass took place at Rowe Street Church followed by burial at Crosstown Cemetery.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of Wexford and Waterford hospitals who gave Richard the upmost care during his long- term illness.