Kay did trojan work for her local community
Published 21/01/2014 | 05:42
THE PASSING has taken place of Catherine (Kay) Gaynor, the beloved wife of retired GP William (Willie) Gaynor.
Kay was born on September 7, 1927, the daughter of Catherine and Frederick Saunders, of Joseph Street, Wexford town. Her father died in a drowning accident in Cardiff when she was just five months old.
She was educated at the St. John of God national school in the Faythe and completed her secondary education at St. Mary's Convent, in Arklow.
Kay showed an early aptitude for music, something that was nurtured by her mother who took her to the Loreto in Wexford for violin lessons.
In fact, she met her husband Willie through their mutual love of music.
The couple married in 1952 in Dun Laoghaire from where they travelled to Majorca for their honeymoon.
Due to work commitments, Kay and Willie spent their early years in the UK and various locations throughout Ireland before settling in Bunclody.
Kay was the perfect GP's wife, always there with a caring and listening ear for her hushand's patients and anyone in need.
Kay was noted for her involvement in local charities and fund raising activities, especially the founding of the Bunclody swimming pool and tennis courts, which was very dear to her heart.
Despite all this and coupled with rearing seven children, she also found time for her many hobbies, which included tennis, badminton, the church choir and especially gardening which she enjoyed al her life.
One of Kay's greatest pleasures was holidaying with her family which started with a mobile home in Tara Cove.
This progressed on to camping holidays each summer, touring Europe with the children in tow and the tent on the roof rack!
She proved very adept at driving (in her own words) on the wrong side of the road.
Her faith and devotion to Our Lady meant that whether going north, south, east or west in Europe, all trips had to have a stopover in Lourdes. The memories of these holidays are still happily recalled by her family to this day.
After some 30 years in Bunclody, the couple retired to Wexford town in the 1990s and Kay gave some of her time to some voluntary works, including Oxfam, and she thoroughly enjoyed catching up with old friends and colleagues from her says in Healy and Collins.
Following an illness, Kay died on January 14, 2014, and is sadly mourned by her loving husband, and children Angela, Miriam, Geraldine, Brendan, Anthony, Paul and Sheila, her sister Marie Whelan, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.
Kay's funeral mass was concelebrated at in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, in Rowe Street, on Thursday, January 16, by Fr. Aodham Markem, followed by burial at St. Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown.
May she rest in peace.