THE DEATH has occurred of George O'Brien (69), of Oakwood, Aughermon, Taghmon, and formerly of Maudlintown, Wexford.
George passed away at Wexford General Hospital on April 19 last.
A son of the late James and Alice O'Brien, George was born and reared at 4 Harbour View, Maudlintown.
Like a lot of men of his generation, George left for England in his teenage years in search of work.
He eventually settled in Edgware, Middlesex, where he worked for many years as a consultant for an injection moulding company.
However, George's heart never left Wexford and he was very proud of his home town.
He made many return trips during his years living and working in England, but one proved more fruitful than most - when he met his wife-to-be, Mary Ryan from Drinagh, at a dance in the Dun Mhuire.
The happy couple had two children, James and Alison, whom they reared in Edgware.
The O'Briens were - and remain - a very close family. George would always tell his children of his love for both Maudlintown and Wexford. He was very proud of his heritage and where he came from.
He had two great passions in life: fishing and horses. He loved the sea and fishing, while like most fishermen he always exaggerated the size of his catch!
He enjoyed many fishing trips with his son James and they were more like best friends than father and son.
When it came to the horses, George was always good for a tip. He said that his love of horses went back to his childhood, when he would run errands for his father to the bookies.
George had a great zest for life and was an outgoing character. He had a story, joke or tall tale for any given situation and a knack for reeling people in.
He would start telling a story in such a way that you were always wondering if it was true or not, before he would finish with a punch line and a hearty laugh.
George's dream of returning to Wexford was realised in 2006, when, much to his delight, the whole family moved over to the parish of Taghmon.
The three generations, from George and Mary to their beloved grand-daughter Rebecca, all lived under the one roof and often joked that they were like the Waltons of TV fame, but the arrangement worked great for them.
George had a very strong bond with his grand-daughter Rebecca, whom he always referred to as ' the little one'.
They had a special connection and her love of Wexford - something obviously in the genes - brought him great joy.
George will be remembered by those who knew him as a gentleman in every sense of the word.
He had a heart of gold and was always concerned with the wellbeing of others before his own, with his family always first and foremost in this regard.
George's brother Jimmy passed away just a month ago and he is also predeceased by his sisters Bridie and Maria.
His Requiem Mass was celebrated at Bride Street Church and he was laid to rest in St Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown.
George is sadly missed by his loving wife Mary; his son James and daughter Alison; son-in-law Graham; granddaughter Rebecca; his brother Michael and his sisters Alice, Marie and Ann; his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. May he rest in peace.