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Family man Thomas gave sterling service to RNLI

THERE WAS a huge turn-out at the funeral of well- known Wexford man Thomas ( Tucker) Walsh who died recently.

Mr. Walsh (62) of Liam Mellows Park died in St. Vincent's Hospital, Dublin on June 6.

He was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago but was fit and active up to a few days before he died.

Mr. Walsh is survived by his beloved wife Ann ( nee Hillis); his sons Thomas and Anthony; his daughter Ann; his grandchildren Cillian, Cian, Taidgh and Eoghan; his mother-inlaw Madge Hillis; his son-in-law Jim; daughterin- law Nuala; his brothers Richard, Jimmy, Christy and Maurice; his sister Kathleen; his nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

A son of the late Thomas ( Tucker) Walsh and his wife Mary, he grew up in Batt Street, close to Wexford Harbour.

As a youngster he developed a love of the sea that stayed with him throughout his life.

For the past number of years he was Deputy Launching Authority with the RNLI in Wexford, based at the inshore rescue station beside Wexford Bridge.

Mr. Walsh began his working life in Springs before joining the Irish Army.

He met and married his wife Ann to whom he was a devoted husband for 42 years.

The couple went everywhere together even on Tucker's regular sea fishing trips out to Tuskar Rock.

In 1990, he had a traditional sailing cot built and enjoyed sailing it around the harbour.

He was a member of the Wexford Tall Ships Committee for many years.

After leaving the Curragh, Mr. Walsh joined ABS Pumps in Wexford where he worked for over 30 years until he retired.

He was a fantastic father and grandfather whose presence will be greatly missed.

His family and friends will remember him as a contented man who always had a smile on his face.

He was kind and goodnatured, helping other people whenever he could.

He never complained, even when he became ill. In fact, many people didn't know he was sick as he always remained positive and upbeat.

He always thought well of other people and they, in turn, only had good things to say about him.

The large attendance at his funeral Mass in Clonard Church included senior RNLI officers.

A guard of honour was provided by the RNLI and the funeral cortege stopped for a poignant moment at the rescue station, en route to Crosstown Cemetery.

RNLI volunteers discharged flares at the graveside in a gesture of farewell. After he was laid to rest, anRNLI official presented his wife Ann with an RNLI flag.

Mr. Walsh's family would like to thank everyone for supporting them in their bereavement, including neighbours and friends; the staff of St. Vincent's Private Hospital and the Hope Centre in Enniscorthy where he made many friends.

Instead of having a Month's Mind, the Walsh family are planning to sail out to Tuskar Rock to lay wreaths in the water, in memory of a man who loved fishing and the sea.