Dick loved the farming way of life

Published 14/05/2016 | 00:00

The late Dick Colfer
The late Dick Colfer

DICk Colfer will forever be associated with steam engines having brought a steam engine back to his native Carrig on Bannow in the 1940s from Dublin.

Late of Kiltra, Carrig on Bannow, Richard (Dick) Colfer passed away peacefully on April 24 at Wexford General Hospital.

He is survived by his children; Catherine, Patricia and Donal; grandchildren Katie-Mae, Will and Patrick; sons-in-law Pat and Paul; daughter-in-law Deirdre; nephews; nieces; relatives and friends.

Dick was born on March 11, 1931 and reared in Carrig on Bannow where his relatives, the Colfer's of the mill, were renowned for their great steam engines. He attended school in the village and played with Corach Ramblers.

In his late teens Dick famously travelled to Dublin with his friend John White returning after a five day trip with a steam engine which, in 2010, he drove through the village making for a special occasion.

From a farming background, like many men of his generation Dick had to emigrate to find work in construction in England. He worked for McAlpines construction and later with Ford motor company. He married Mary Gaul 48 years ago and the happy couple had four children, namely Paddy, Katherine, Trish and Donal. They settled in Kiltra where Dick farmed up until 15 years ago.

He enjoyed great health throughout his life and would often remark that the only way he'd see a doctor was if the doctor came to see him.

He loved the farming way of life and is remembered as an exceptionally hard working man who would spread lime all day before going on to milk cows until well into the night.

A brilliant provider to his family, he loved nothing more than family occasions.

Sadly his beloved Mary died in 1989 and afterwards Dick's family rallied around him and he found solace in them.

A straight talking man who loved a laugh and some good craic, Dick couldn't stand anyone who had airs and graces.

Dick passed away peacefully on April 24 at Wexford General Hospital having suffered a fall in March.

A large crowd attended Dick's funeral at the Church of Mary Immaculate & St Joseph, Carrig on Bannow, where members of Bannow Ballymitty GAA Club stood as guards of honour.

He was laid to rest afterwards hin the adjoining cemetery.

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