Paddy loved live and was passionate about sport

PADDY SCALLAN of Butlerstown who died recently, was a man who was passionate about everything and everyone in his life.

He loved every kind of sport, especially Wexford GAA and spent many happy hours at matches with his best friend Peter Kehoe.

Paddy died in St. Patrick's Ward at Wexford General Hospital after enduring a number of serious operations and, most recently, a terminal illness.

Aged 74, he was born and reared in Wexford and started his working life delivering milk. He later worked for Wexford County Council.

Paddy got married at Easter 1976 to Jean Hunt, whom he had known for a long number of years. They would have celebrated 34 years together this year. Jean and Paddy made their home in Killinick and had the most wonderful times that anyone could have wished for.

An extremely sociable character, Paddy had a big twinkle in his eye and his face was always full of mischief.

Over the last five or six years, he spent three days a week at St. Mary's Day Care Centre in Tagoat. He was very happy there and a real inspiration to others who attended.

He was a card shark in the nicest possible way. While playing cards, he would always say 'throw down that card because I need it'.

Paddy travelled to England many times to see his extended family and also visited Lourdes twice.

He would tune in to the radio every day, listening out for the names of anyone he knew who had passed on. He cared a great deal for his parish and all who lived in it. If you asked him why he listened to the death notices, he would reply 'Sure, while I'm listening to this I know I'm still alive'.

During his lifetime, Paddy underwent a series of very traumatic operations and among those who knew him well, he was nicknamed 'the man with nine lives'.

He is survived by his wife Jean; stepdaughter Lorraine; son-in-law Richard; his brothers Dick, Watty, Jimmy, Joe and Kevin; sisters Kitty and Bridie; his nieces; nephews; grandchildren; extended family, friends and neighbours.

His burial took place in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ballymore. His Month's Mind Mass will take place on Sunday next, March 21.

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