Sean Walsh was a devoted family man

Published 29/12/2015 | 00:00

The late Seán Walsh.
The late Seán Walsh.

People of Wexford were saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of the popular gentleman Seán Walsh who passed away peacefully on December 8 following a short illness.

A lifelong resident of Park Lane, Seán was known by people throughout Wexford as 'the man on the bike'. Come rain or shine, he could often be seen cycling around the town with his signature smile on his face.

Seán started off his career in Halligans and enjoyed successful stints in other companies before his final job in Paddy Kelly's furniture store of Cornmarket. He spent 14 happy years there until his retirement three years ago.

Seán filled his spare time with a wide variety of hobbies and interests. The talented man was a loyal member of the Holy Family Confraternity Band and played with them for 56 years. In the early days, Sean played the trumpet and later on, he proved his talent on the bass drum.

In his early forties, Seán developed a strong interest in running and became a member of Kilmore Running Club. His determination and enthusiasm for his hobby led him to complete four Dublin City Marathons and several cross country races.

When he wasn't pounding the pavements himself, Seán enjoyed watching his three sons running the pitch as players for St John's Volunteers GAA Club. He had a strong love for the GAA and was proud to see them take to the sport. Seán also showed off his own sporting skills in the past as he played soccer for Wexford United for many years.

Family meant the world to Seán. He was a devoted family man and loved nothing more than spending time with his wife Mary, their four children and their families. Until his final days, he enjoyed going for walks and playing hurling and football with his 11 grandchildren.

Seán was a deeply spiritual man and he attended Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Rowe Street Church each day. His Funeral Mass in the same Church drew huge crowds who came to pay a tribute to their dear friend. Following the Funeral Mass, Sean's burial took place in St Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown.

Seán will be sadly missed by his loving wife Mary, daughter Joanne, sons Anthony, Peter and Seán Jnr, 11 grandchildren, brothers Jim, Eddie and Martin, sisters Josie and Kathleen, extended family and friends.

Wexford People

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