Gerry, 72, dies in Canary Islands
THE sad death has taken place of Gerry Moriarty, who for many years was 'front of house' and ran the bar at Wexford Festival Opera with his wife Helen (nee Carty).
Gerry, aged 72, collapsed and died last Tuesday in Lanzarote, in the Canary Island, where his family had been living for the past five years.
A Mass, attended by family and friends, was held for him at Bride Street Church in Wexford yesterday (Monday).
His son Nick returned to Wexford for Mass, with another son Ian and daughter Jennie remaining in the Canaries with their grieving mother, who will be returning to the town for the month's mind with his ashes.
Gerry's twin is Eleanor Dowdall, who lives in Wexford, while his brother Des lives in Dublin.
Educated at St Pete's in Wexford, Gerry went on to boarding school with the Dominicans in Newbridge, where he became involved in light opera, a grounding for later years when he became an active member of the Wexford Light Opera Society. During his years in Wexford he was very involved with St Vincent de Paul and was a member of the Gramaphone Society, to which he gave talks.
He worked for Wexford Creamery and later Nutricia.