Friday 15 December 2017

Racing pigeons released to mark Angela's passing

IT was with deep sadness that the family, friends and Castlebridge community learned of the death of Angela Whitmore (nee Rossiter). Angela passed away on March 13 at the age of 74 following a short illness and was laid to rest in Castlebridge cemetery.

Angela was born in Hill Street, Wexford, one of seven children. She is survived by Tony, Jimmy, John, Billy, Maurice and Joan. On completion of school, Angela worked at Huggard & Brennans before meeting her true love, Phil Whitmore. Angela and Phil married in 1960 and shortly afterwards moved to Castlebridge.

Angela was a devoted wife and mother to four children. She supported her children through her participation in the school board of management and community games.

She shared a passion for pigeon racing with Phil and they spent many happy years together enjoying the sport. She was heavily involved in the administration of the sport and was secretary of the Wexford North Road Flying Club for 17 years and secretary of the National Pigeon Flying Association for seven years. It was only fitting that a basket of pigeons was released at her burial by members of the pigeon club.

Although heartbroken by Phil's death in 2000, Angela subsequently developed new interests which included learning to drive at the age of 65. Her interest in genealogy saw her document the Whitmore and Rossiter family trees in depth. She had a keen interest in local history and was a member of both the Wexford Historical Society and Castlebridge Graveyard Committee. After undertaking an evening course in Gorey Community College on Churchyard Heritage, she teamed up with like minded individuals and together they published a book about Kilnahue graveyard, Gorey.

Angela was always actively engaged in the local community. She was very interested in securing rights for senior citizens and was involved in Age Action Ireland. She was a committed member of the Castlebridge Senior Citizens Club and looked forward to the company of her many good friends over the weekly meal and activities. Angela also attended the local craft club where she enjoyed all activities from needlework to art.

Angela was a woman of great faith and undertook numerous pilgrimages to Lourdes, many as part of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust group at Easter.

Angela will be sadly missed by her children Josephine, Philip, Susan and Angie; her in laws Dermot, Elise, Declan and George; her grandchildren Nicola, Robert, Robyn, Adam, Tamara and Jason; and extended family and friends.

Angela's family would like to thank the staff at Wexford General, Beaumont, St Luke's Hospitals and also the staff of Knockeen Nursing Home for the care they provided to Angela during her illness. Angela's family would also like to recognise the invaluable support provided by Wexford Hospice Homecare, The Carers Association, her H.S.E. care workers, the local public health nurse and the many family and friends who supported both Angela and her family in recent months.

Angela will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

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