TRIBUTES have been pouring in from the communities of Greystones and Bray following the sudden passing of popular father of five Matt Cranley on Thursday.
From Kindlestown Park, Greystones and a native of Wolfe Tone Square North in Bray, Matt was extremely highly thought of in his local community, as is evidenced in some of the warm tributes that have been paid to him since his untimely passing. While news of his passing has been greeted with sadness, his family, friends and loved ones are being encouraged to wear colourful clothing in celebration of his life as he makes his final journey to St Kilian’s Church, Blacklion, on Saturday morning.
Matt’s death comes as a devastating blow to his heartbroken wife Pamela (née Coates), children Alex, Luke, James, Megan and Shaun and grandchildren CJ and Ollie. A family man, he was a regular sight on the sidelines of the local Éire Óg GAA Club where James (Pooch) and Shaun are extremely highly regarded players.
Upon learning of the news the club said: “It's with immense sadness that we have learned of the death of Matt Cranley. Matt is the father of two of the club's most dedicated and talented adult men's footballers and hurlers, James (Pooch) and Shaun.
“Matt was a constant supporter of the lads and the teams they played on. He was ever-present at their matches and was also always available to help out the club when required. To his wife Pamela, other children Alex, Luke and Meghan and his wider family, we offer our condolences.”
In the many tributes paid to Matt since his passing, the word “gentleman” is a recurring one. Friends and neighbours spoke of a warm character who was always willing to stop for a chat. Many of them expressed their shock at his untimely passing and, overwhelmingly, thoughts and prayers were with his devastated family.
Matt is predeceased by his parents Jackie & Vera and brother Mark. He is sadly missed by his loving family, wife Pamela (née Coates), children Alex, Luke, James, Megan and Shaun, sisters Martina, Jackie, Eileen, Venessa and Veronica, grandchildren CJ and Ollie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours & large circle of friends.
Matt’s remains will be brought from his home at 9.20 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday) to St Kilian’s Church, Blacklion, arriving for 10 a.m. funeral mass. He will be laid to rest afterwards in Redford Cemetery.