Adam was one of Wexford's great characters

Published 14/04/2015 | 00:00

The late Adam Thomas.
The late Adam Thomas.

Adam Thomas was one of Wexford's great characters and the affection in which he was held was reflected in the large crowd which attended his funeral.

Late of Davitt Road South, Adam passed away peacefully aged 79 at his home on April 1 after a lengthy illness which he bore with great courage.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Anthony; daughter-in-law, Monica; granddaughter, Jodie; brother, Danny; sister, Kathleen; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephew Alan; niece, Marion; relatives and friends.

Adam was born and reared on Abbey Street. Having attended CBS primary and secondary schools, he went on to work at Traynor's and later at the Fine Wool shop, finishing up his career as a street sweeper for Wexford Corporation.

A talented footballer, he played with the Young Ireland team and with Wexford United soccer team, togging out for games across Leinster and the South East. He was one of the last players to line out for the Young Ireland team before they were disbanded.

A man of many hobbies and passions, Adam was up at the crack of dawn every morning walking his greyhounds. He also enjoyed racing pigeons. He loved being outdoors and maintained a healthy regime of walking his greyhounds for great lengths right up into his senior years.

His wife Mary described him as one of the great characters of the town.

'He was a great mixer and had a good word to say about everybody.'

The happy couple met in the early 1960s when Mary was working at the County Hotel on Anne Street. Adam was attending a reunion and they hit it off and were married in Bree, Mary's native parish, in July 1962.

Adam and Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2012, enjoying a great family occasion and it was when around his family that Adam was happiest.

Adam enjoyed great health up until five years ago. He never complained throughout his illness. He loved encouraging up and coming players and was great at mixing with the younger generation in his neighbourhood.

His son Anthony said: 'He was always the type of fella who, no matter what knocks he had, he said he'd turn it around and get back on his feet.'

Adam enjoyed watching Ireland win the Six Nations in March with his son. He passed away two weeks later and a large crowd attended his funeral Mass at Rowe Street Church and burial at Crosstown Cemetery.

May he rest in peace.

Wexford People

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