Sadness at loss of businessman Tom
THE sudden death of well-known Foulksmills businessman Tom Harpur has occasioned great sadness in the Foulksmills and Clongeen area.
The well respected family man tragically passed away on August 24.
He is survived by his wife Eleanor (née Murphy of Fethard-on-Sea); sons Nick and Joe; daughters Claire and Ann; daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; grandchildren; sister Louie; brothers Nick and Henry; nephews; nieces; extended family and friends.
Tom grew up in Cleariestown, attending the local national school.
Upon leaving school he started work as a butcher in Shelbourne Co-op in Foulksmills.
Settling in Clongeen parish, he met and married Eleanor and the couple lived in Horetown all their married life, raising their four children.
Tom was a butcher in Shelbourne Co-op for 27 years before taking over the grocery business in 1987, which he ran with Eleanor.
At the time it was the main grocery shop in the area and over the years they built up great relationships with their customers and suppliers.
They ran the business together for 20 years and ran the post office for the final five years, before it was taken over by a new postmistress.
From a young age Tom loved GAA, especially playing hurling and Gaelic football.
He was a member of the Clongeen 1970 Junior Football Championship winning team.
His love of GAA remained undimmed over the years and he enjoyed watching his sons play with the local team and was also was a keen supporter of the county team, attending many matches.
He is remembered by his family as a very warm and loving man with a quick wit, who had high standards.
This especially applied to his house and garden, which he maintained very well.
Tom was a doting grandfather to his eight grandchildren and enjoyed building sandcastles or kicking ball with his grandchildren who adored him.
Although a home bird by nature, Tom enjoyed many trips abroad to America and European destinations with Eleanor. enjoying taking in the new sights and experiences.
The sudden and great loss of Tom at just 73 years old has left a huge void in his family's life.
His funeral mass took place at the Church of the Assumption, Little Cullenstown, and his burial occurred afterwards in the new Cemetery in Clongeen.
Huge crowds attended the funeral showing the esteem in which Tom was held by all.
May he rest in peace.