Talented singer Jimmy loved to travel and lived for his family

Published 19/05/2015 | 00:00

The late Jimmy Gethings.
The late Jimmy Gethings.

The sudden death of Jim Gethings left a big void in the lives of all who knew him.

Jimmy died on April 23, exactly one month after he celebrated his 57th birthday.

A popular and very well liked man Jimmy from 60 Bishopswater was sick for around a month before he died and although he had been ill his death shocked his family and friends. A larger than life character Jimmy was well known throughout the town having previously works as a butcher on the Main Street for many years before taking up taxi driving.

He owned his own taxi and worked during the days with many of his customers regulars who loved nothing better than a upbeat chat with Jimmy. After his death many of his customers spoke to his wife Roseanne and daughter Anne (O'Gorman) about the affection they had for Jimmy and the kindness he showed them.

Jimmy together with wife Roseanne loved to travel although ironically Jimmy hated flying. The couple had only returned from a week in the Canaries shortly before Jimmy suffered a very mild heart attack. He also planned to travel to Florida later this year with Roseanne, Anne and her family and a number of other people for their bi annual family holiday.

An accomplished musician Jimmy was a talented bodhran player and singer and was a member of the popular trad band Slippery Green who performed in many venues around Wexford for many years.

Born to the late Jim and Bridie Gethings Jimmy was one of four children, Owen, Susan and the late Caroline.

Jimmy was an outgoing man who loved meeting people and having the craic. These traits made him ideally suited to both his work as a butcher and as a taxi driver. He had also been involved with the social club at Browne's pub, Bishopswater, often heading off on the annual trips to places such as Killarney for a weekend for fun.

He was devoted to his wife Roseanne and the couple did everything together. Only the night before he died the couple had taken a spin out to Kilmore to watch the boats. Their only daughter Anne was a source of huge pride to him and he often referred to her as their 'miracle'.

Anne went on to marry Patrick O'Gorman and the couple had two children, Lily (7) and Mae (5). Their arrival brightened up the life of Jimmy even further and he doted on his granddaughters, revelling in their antics and achievements.

He also enjoyed watching Ireland play rugby and soccer and the Tricolour was always hanging from the upstairs bedroom window when the boys in green were in action. Jimmy and Roseanne were firm friends with neighbours Paddy and Kathleen Kearney and he had great time for them.

He was also firm friends with Tony Murphy who gave a eulogy at Jimmy's funeral. Anne paid tribute to Dr Ravi and the staff at Wexford General, the ambulance and the gardai who were a great support after Jimmy's sudden death.

Jimmy and Roseanne were also very close to David Duenaz Marquez, a Spanish student who came to the Gethings home on placement but ended up coming back and studying for a year in the CBS. During that time he lived with Jimmy and Roseanne and was like a surrogate son to them. Now 18 years old David rushed back to Ireland on hearing of Jimmy's sudden passing.

The members of the Wexford town variety group performed a guard of honour at Jimmy's funeral while the Wexford taxi drivers led the funeral cortège out to Crosstown Cemetery. At Redmond Square the taxi drivers and the funeral cortège did a lap around the monument to mark the happy times Jimmy spent as a taxi driver.

Jimmy is predeceased by his dad Jim and sister Caroline. He is survived by his wife Roseanne, daughter Anne, son-in-law Patrick, grandchildren Lily and Mae, siblings Owen and Susan and very wide circle of family and friends.

His funeral mass took place in the Church of the Assumption, Bride Street followed by burial in Crosstown cemetery.

Wexford People

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