There was shock and sadness in Wexford town as two men, from the same extended family, passed away suddenly within days of each other.
James La Roche, from Crosstown Lane, passed away on Sunday, October 21 and was laid to rest on Wednesday last, the same day that his brother-in-law, William 'Willie' Robinson was sadly found deceased at his home. Mr La Roche's wife Aine is Mr Robinson's brother.
Mr La Roche was known for his love of music, particularly local groups whom he would travel to support.
He was a proud family man who loved his wife, kids and grandchildren. He was proud of his town, and was known for his generosity and kindness. His other great loves were motorbikes, cars, music and following soccer.
He is survived by his wife Aine; children Craig, Jenny and Garry; his mother-in-law Annette; his sisters Mary, Ita, Renee; brothers Peter and John; his grandchildren Ava, Noah and Sophie; daughters-in-law Vanessa and Rosie; son-in-law Andrew; brothers and sisters in law, extended family and friends. He is predeceased by his brother Pat.
Mr Robinson's sad passing was discovered on the morning of his brother-in-law's funeral. From Carrigeen Street, he was the son of Annette and the late Willie.
Well known in Wexford town, Mr Robinson had run a fascia and soffit installation business for many years.
In his youth, he had been a talented boxer, winning Leinster and All Ireland titles. He also had a great love for the GAA, following it at both local and county level, and would be the first person on the train to Croke Park when the county teams were playing there.
In latter years, he took an interest in greyhound racing and owned a number of good dogs, 'Willie's Toby' being the most successful of his runners.
He was described as a 'character' who was easy-going and always keen for a laugh and a joke.
He is survived by his mother Annette; his partner Angie; and siblings Isaac, Martin, Aine and Jacinta.
Mr Robinson was laid to rest in Crosstown Cemetery on Friday morning.