The sudden and unexpected death of Christy Murphy stunned all who knew him.
Christy (68) from The Faythe died in his sleep at home on April 25 leaving behind his heartbroken wife Esther and loving children Danny and Emer.
Originally from Johnstown, Duncormick Christy was the son of the late Daniel and Sadie (93) and he was the oldest of four children. After the death of his father Daniel when Christy was just 16 years old, Christy took on the role of father figure in the Murphy home helping his mother with his younger siblings.
He joined the Army and while there trained as a carpenter. He excelled at carpentry and was a graduate of the Naas Apprentice School where he was awarded an award for the best carpenter in his class.
While with the Army, he travelled all over Ireland but remained living in Wexford. During the 1960s and 1970s he did several peace keeping tours with the UN in Cyprus.
He met Esther Cole from Barrack Street in the late 70s and the couple married in 1979 and they reared their two children, Danny and Emer, in The Faythe.
After Christy retired from the Army he started working with the council as a carpenter spending almost three decades there before he retired three years ago.
A fit and healthy man Christy was a member of his local active retired group and took fitness classes every Tuesday and Thursday. In fact the day before he died he had enjoyed his usual Tuesday class without incident.
He had a great interest in sport and also loved socialising. Playing cards was another of his hobbies and he also enjoyed using his carpentry skills for the benefit of others. He was no stranger to making furniture or kitchens and he was always willing to lend a hand when it came to house building or renovations.
A kind and generous man Christy doted on his own granddaughter, five year old Aeishah, and enjoying many happy hours in her company.
Christy was a very social man through his work with the council and there wasn't any part of the county he hadn't worked in.
His funeral Mass was celebrated by his brother Fr David from Carrowreagh Parish. He was joined in prayer by almost 30 members of the clergy. The UN Veterans Association, of which Christy was a member, performed a guard of honour outside the Church of the Assumption, Bride Street and in St. Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown.
He is predeceased by his father Daniel and survived by his wife Esther, children, Danny and Emer, mother Sadie, granddaughter Aeishah, brothers Fr, David and Garret and sister Catherine Lambert, and a wide circle of family and friends.