Thursday 14 November 2019

Dick was a thorough gentleman

The late Dick Byrne
The late Dick Byrne

THE death of Dick Byrne took place on February 1 at the New Houghton Hospital, New Ross, just two years after the death of his beloved wife, Peggie.

Dick died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his brothers Mick (of Ballyknock) and Dr. Paddy (of Newry).

Originally from Ballyknock, Ballymitty, he was the third child of Paddy and Tina Byrne and is survived by his sister Maureen (Wallace).

He went to school in Ballymitty and was the goalkeeper on the 1940 Ballymitty school team that won the First Primary School League beating Ferns 6-2 to nil. He enjoyed sport and was an avid follower of football, soccer and hurling, especially Wexford GAA and his beloved Manchester United. However, in later years he diplomatically kept abreast of the sports scene in both Galway and Kilkenny and thus enjoyed friendly banter with his grandsons.

He met his wife Peggie (née McGee) at the races in Wexford in 1951. They married in 1956 and settled in Slevoy, Foulksmills, where they reared their four children. To celebrate their meeting, they regularly attended the Opera Festival Race Meeting.

Dick started work with his brother-in-law Joe Wallace (of Wellingtonbridge) in the early 1950s and retired from business in the mid 1990s.

He was an intelligent, diligent, loyal and conscientious worker who was thorough, professional and fair in all his dealings with customers. It was a fitting tribute to his loyal service to the firm that he was deeply committed to, that a guard of honour from Wallace's escorted him on his final journey through his beloved 'Bridges' which was deeply moving and much appreciated by his family.

Throughout his professional career he was always considered a thorough gentleman.

Dick was involved in a number of committees attached to the parish and he used his considerable talents to assist in every way he could in the various roles and positions he held over the years.

He was happy and honoured to give freely of his time for the benefit of the parish. He was a man of immense faith and belief right to the end.

Dick enjoyed farming and nature and always kept himself fully up to date with all the various farming enterprises and latest developments in each sector.

He was particularly interested in environmental matters, climatic change etc. He enjoyed shooting during the season and was always accompanied by his loyal red setter 'Grouse'.

He spent his last five years in the New Houghton Hospital, where he was very happy and received excellent care and attention from Margo and her staff. Here he discovered a new passion afternoon TV and he whiled away many afternoons with celebrity chefs and nature programmes.

In the words of Billy Graham: 'A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society'.

May he rest in peace.

Wexford People