Friday 20 September 2019

Hard worker Joe had a great love of machinery

The late Joe Meyler
The late Joe Meyler

There was widespread grief following the death of Joe Meyler, Ballykelly, Drinagh recently.

Joe who died peacefully at home following a short illness was 85 years old and had lived life to the full.

Joe started his working life as a farm labourer but went on to join the army in the 1940s. His love of machinery though drew him toward work with hydraulic loaders and of course the steamroller.

Following in his own father's footsteps, Joe worked for the council on the steamroller throughout the length and breath of Wexford. Such was his interest in the steamroller that he was featured on the RTE Nationwide programme with a model that he built himself and dedicated to his work comrades.

Joe also worked for many years with Roadstone on a barge called the 'Knocknagow', dredging the River Slaney, the same barge now resting on Lough Derg. Even when retired, he never stopped working. Until shortly before his death Joe was working on his perpetual motion project.

His work shed which was jam packed with all manner of model apparatus is testament to his great skills and passion for machinery.

Joe and his wife Joanie were 55 years married and travelled everywhere together, both home and abroad visiting family and friends. He had an infectious sense of humour, always smiling and always ready with a joke and a laugh. Joe often joked that a secret to a happy marriage was a work shed!

His book 'A Labourer's Toil' reflects his wonderful life and is a precious gift to be handed down from his children and to his grandchildren.

Joe is survived by his heartbroken wife Joanie, children, Kieran, Colette, Mary, Paul, Geraldine, Stephen, Stella, Karen and Edel, sister Ruth, brother in law Liam and sister in law Mary, grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Wexford People