Chef Patrick was highly renowned for culinary skills
THERE was widespread sadness in Wexford and Rosslare Strand when news broke of the sudden death of well-known chef Patrick Meyler, who had lived in Florida for the past twenty years.
Patrick, better known as 'The Chef', died in the early hours of Saturday morning of a heart attack while being conveyed to hospital by ambulance. He would have been 66 on St. Patrick's Day.
A native of Wexford town, Patrick lived at 1 Casement Terrace before going to Rockwell College to train as a chef. He subsequently trained in Switzerland before returning to his native town where he worked for a time before departing for Florida with his family.
A son of the late Murtagh and Kathleen Meyler, Patrick, along with his brother Tony, set up the renowned Old Granary Restaurant at Westgate. Pat became one of the best known chefs in the town with many of his favourites dishes, the included the loved Chicken Granary and Pork Ludavick, proving particular favourites with the established clientele.
He was always proud of having catered for then President Patrick Hillery on one of his visits to Wexford during the Wexford Festival Opera.
Pat had a long history with the catering business having also plied his culinary skills under John Howard and Joe Murray in Whites Hotel, while he also worked as chef in the once-renowned Golf Hotel in Rosslare Strand. He will always be remembered there for the cake in the shape of St. Brigid's Church that he made to mark the opening of the church in the seaside resort. Ironically it was on St. Brigid's Day that Patrick passed away.
While he had suffered failing health in recent years, his death was totally unexpected, and came as a great shock to his family, and also to his extended family and friends in Wexford town and Rosslare.
While working in The Granary Restaurant, Patrick met Maura (nee O'Brien), who hails from Rosslare Strand, and the couple went on to marry.
Patrick devoted himself to his family and work and continued to work as a chef in Florida up to a few years back, when failing health led to his early retirement. Cooking was his passion and one in which he was immersed throughout his career.
His personality proved a perfect fit for the trade in which he was immersed, and made friends of his customers, and made the Old Granary restaurant which he helped to establish a fitting place for people to gather, enjoy an excellent meal and chat into the early hours of the morning.
He had a great love ftoo or his family: wife Maura, and children Eleanor, Paul, Hazel, Patrick and Murtagh. He always remained a loving family man and relished the role of grandfather in recent years.
He is also mourned by his brothers, Tony and John, along with his sisters, Angela, Muriel, Kathleen, Cecily, and Irene, brother-in-laws, Patrick O'Brien, Florida; James O'Brien, Rosslare Strand, Sylvester O'Brien, Castlebridge, grand-children, relatives and friends.
He was pre-deceased by his infant son George; his mother and father, Murtagh and Kathleen; his brother Frank, father-in-law George, and mother-in-law, Peg.
Funeral Mass will take place in Florida tomorrow (Wednesday), with a cremation service to follow. A Mass of Remembrance will be held in St. Brigid's Church, Rosslare Strand, in April.