Former council chairman Pat was gentle giant with huge pride in his beloved Taghmon
Published 30/07/2016 | 00:00
A GENTLE giant of a family man, well-known farmer and former Wexford County Council chairman Pat Codd has died at the age of 78, his passing shocking his home community of Taghmon and the wider Wexford.
Pat passed away in his sleep, the night after he had been painting a wall outside his house with his son Paul.
Taghmon Action Group (TAG) said it was a very sad day as its members learned of the passing of their friend, colleague and board member Pat.
'He was an extremely proud Taghmon man and was the driving force behind TAG, helping it grow from a small idea to an efficient organisation. We will all deeply miss his daily visits, chats and laughs. Pat, we can assure you, TAG will never be the same without you,' said the group.
Fine Gael party colleague and Wexford Mayor Cllr Frank Staples said Pat will be sorely missed.
'He was a great personal friend of myself and my family and will be sadly missed by Alice and all the lads. Pat was an absolute gentleman. He had a lot of compassion and was a great county councillor. He was a man who people said a lot of good things about,' said Frank.
'Pat helped a lot of people. He will be missed in Taghmon, but he definitely left a mark. He was a True Blue and great man,' said Frank, who was Pat's director of elections the first time he went for the county council.
'Even when he left the council he wanted to be active. He never lost his drive.'
One of his former council colleagues, Wexford former Mayor Cllr George Lawlor, described Pat as a gentle giant of a man who served his constituents, particularly the people of Taghmon, with tenacity and kindness.
Wexford County Council said Pat was a much admired and respected member of Wexford County Council for almost 20 years, having been co-opted onto the Council on February 13, 1995 to replace Avril Doyle, and served until the most recent local government elections of 2014.
'I just think he was a gentle giant of a man who was a hugely committed public servant,' said Avril Doyle.
'He was a hugely committed public representative. His world began and ended in the Taghmon and the Wexford District,' she said.
'He was fastidious and only last week he called me to tell me a great supporter wasn't well and to follow that up. That's the way he was; he always had the best interests of his constituents at heart. His passing is a big loss to Alice and the family and to all his constituents who he continued to service after he retired,' said the former Fine Gael MEP.
Seamus Murphy, chair of the Taghmon-based Joe Monaghan Busking Festival committee, a position previously held by Pat, said he had worked tremendously hard for Taghmon and South County Wexford.
'He did a huge amount of work for the parish. He was dedicated and consistent and would explore all the avenues to make things work well,' said Seamus.
'He was very well known in the farming community and later in political circles and was a strong believer in the country.'
The festival, which had been due to take place on August 6 and 7, has been postponed for at least a week.
Pat served as Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council in 2006/2007 and the current Cathaoirleach, Cllr Paddy Kavanagh described him as 'a caring and committed public representative, whose untimely passing has deeply saddened his many friends from inside and outside the political arena.
'Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat's wife Alice and his family, at this very sad time,' he said.
Cllr Kavanagh spoke of the high esteem in which Pat was held by all who knew him and in particular the regard in which he continued to be held by all members of Wexford County Council.
'Pat was a skilled and thoughtful politician whose absolute passion was to support his local community in every way possible. Pat's untimely passing is very sad indeed, not just for Wexford County Council but for the wider community whom Pat continued to faithfully and passionately serve long after he retired from politics,' he said.
Deputy Chief Executive of Wexford County Council Annette O'Neill said it was a privilege and pleasure to have worked with Pat for many years.
'Pat was enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated to the needs of the people of County Wexford and his beloved Taghmon.
'He was much admired by his fellow councillors and by the many staff who worked with Pat on a daily basis throughout his political life. On behalf of the entire staff I extend my deepest sympathy to his family on their very sad loss,' she said.
Pat is the beloved husband of Alice, and loving father of J.J, Eamon, Catherine, Betty, Trisha, Ailis, Maria, Paudge, Paul, Brian and Nicholas.
He is sadly missed by his loving family, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, brother Eddie, sister's May and Betty, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends
His Requiem Mass at St Garvan's Church, Caroreigh, on Saturday, was conducted by Fr David Murphy and attended by a large number of people including a big representation from all sides of politicial life in Wexford and further afield. The Taoiseach was represented by Eanna Cahill.
Among those paying tribute to Pat was Bishop Denis Brennan and Cllr Staples.
Pat's funeral Mass was followed by burial in Kilgarvan Cemetery.