Friday 20 September 2019

Jackie's family and friends saddened at his sudden passing

The late Jackie Power
The late Jackie Power

The Forth Mountain and surrounding area were saddened recently by the sudden passing of popular local man Jackie Power who died on December 16 at his home on the Mountain.

Jackie's requiem mass was celebrated three days later in St Catherine's Church, Murrintown, and he was laid to rest in St Mannon's graveyard.

Jackie was born in Whiterock Hill, Wexford in 1945, the eldest son of Tom and Rita Power. Jackie spent the majority of his childhood years in Clonard, at the family home place at McQuillan's Cross.

He attended the Mercy Convent, Summerhill, in his early school years, and then completed his primary and secondary school education in the CBS Schools Thomas Street.

Following his education he worked for a short period in W.B. Nunn's in King Street. He then joined Wexford County Council in 1965, beginning an illustrious career, the bulk of his time spent as a technician monitoring the water supplies of the county.

He retired in 2009 after 44 years sterling service having only one sick day during his career. He also for many years was a presiding officer for all local and national elections in the Murrintown Community Centre.

Jackie married Maura (nee Miskella) in 1972 and they went on to have 4 children, Brendan, Ciara, Cormac and David who died in infancy

Jackie was s great conversationalist and made many friends through his work career and through his extensive hobbies and interests.

Jackie's long love of the GAA started when he travelled to see the great Wexford team of the fifties with his parents. He played on the CBS hurling teams and was a proud member of the historic side that won Leinster titles in 1962 and 1963.

He was involved with a number of under age teams with St Martin's and was also a selector on a county team that was successful in the renowned Tony Forrestal tournament in the 1980s. His interest in our national games never waned and he travelled the length and breadth of the country following the exploits of the Wexford senior hurling, football and camogie teams.

Jackie had a great love of the outdoors and from an early age he fished and in particular hunted the green fields of Forth and Bargy, and was a founding member of the Wexford Rifle Club.

He had a keen interest in many sports and was an avid golfer, being a former member of Wexford and St Helen's Bay Golf Clubs and in more recent years was to be seen regularly on the fairways of his home club Rosslare. He also played darts at a high level for some years

Jackie was a noted DIY enthusiasist and spent many hours working on various home improvements

Jackie is sadly missed by his loving wife Maura, children Brendan, Ciara, Cormac, sisters Anne, Eileen and Miriam, brother Ollie, grandchildren Jack, Nicole, Zach, Tierna and Lucas, daughters in law Sharon and Lisa, son in law Peter extended family and a wide circle of friends.

Wexford People