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Saturday 21 October 2017

Bridgetown-born Jack Doyle was kind, funny and generous

The late Jack Doyle.
The late Jack Doyle.

The death has occurred in Cheam, Surrey on August 29, of John (Jack) Doyle, who was born in Bridgetown, in 1932.

Jack was educated in The Moor School, in Mulrankin, at Newbridge College and at UCD where he graduated as a dentist.

He moved to London after qualification where he set up a practice in Sutton, Surrey.

There he met and married Geraldine Horan and together they raised their family of five children.

A brother of the late Dr Bert Doyle and solicitor Ted Doyle and son of the legendary Dr P.A. Doyle of The Dispensary in Bridgetown, he always retained his love of Wexford and the Baronies of Forth and Bargy returning annually in summer to visit family and friends.

In the autumn he attended Wexford Festival Opera of which he and Geraldine were Friends of long standing.

In the UK he remained a supporter of all things Irish.

His son Edmund told mourners at his funeral that he was known to educate English friends on Irish history, in particular with those facts which did not make it into the English textbooks.

He had a powerful intellect, a curiosity that fed his hunger for knowledge and read widely with a particular interest in current affairs.

Jack was a talented sportsman representing Ireland in squash on nine occasions between 1954 and 1962.

He was inaugural champion when Cheam Squash Club was built, being beaten only when he was 52 years old. He also excelled in hockey and played at school, at University and in Cheam.

He was a man of deep faith and active practice.

His generosity and charity were quiet and unassuming but was warmly spoken of by Fr Tom Cooper, formerly of the Archdioceses of Southwark, who concelebrated his funeral mass and who spoke of Jack's quiet and unassuming acts of generosity and kindness towards his church, his patients and deserving causes.

In a poignant and humorous address to the attendance at his funeral at Our Lady's Island, his son Edmund described his father as kind, funny, generous and witty, that he always preferred substance over style. 'Attitude is everything,' was one of his favourite mottos.

He is buried alongside his parents, brothers and extended family in Our Lady's Island Cemetery.

Jack is survived by his wife Geraldine, children Edmund, Dominic, Patrick, Catherine and John, grandchildren, sisters Patricia Kirwan and Aileen Slattery and his extended family in Wexford and in England.

Wexford People