Thursday 17 October 2019

John had a love of life and never let anything hold him back

The late John Rossiter.
The late John Rossiter.

John Rossiter, known to many as Sean, will be remembered by all who knew him for his zest for life, which he held on to until his final moments.

John, from Kennedy Park, was surrounded by family and friends at his bedside in Wexford Hospital when he passed away aged 50.

Although he was diagnosed with M.S. at a young age, John never let his illness hold him back. One of his biggest passions was his job in Joyce's of Wexford, where he first began working at aged 14. John was an excellent salesman and everyone knew him for his helpful and friendly nature. He always enjoyed coming home to tell his parents John and Eileen about his day at work.

Unfortunately, illness forced John to leave his job in 2007 but this didn't stop his determination. Encouraged by the gift of a laptop that he received from his former colleagues, he joined the Swan Training Centre to develop his computer skills.

The oldest of eight children, John will always be remembered for his big smile and sense of fun. All of his family will also fondly recall his time as a DJ on a local pirate radio station. The popular man was often inundated with requests from family and friends, who would always take time out from their daily tasks to listen to him on air.

John's passion for music inspired him to join the Light Opera and later, he became a helper with the Wexford Opera. Fully kitted out in a tuxedo and dickie bow, he would show people to their seats at some of the venue's most important events.

John never stopped helping others and got great enjoyment out of volunteering. He became a member of Wexford Able Disabled Club committee and was proud to march with them in many St Patrick's Day parades. His involvement with the club made him many special friends, all who will fondly remember his enthusiastic and kind spirit.

A man of great faith, John was a Minister of the Eucharist and regular visitor to the church in Clonard. He also embarked on many pilgrimages to Lourdes and it was there that he enjoyed some of the happiest moments of his life.

John's parents made the most difficult decision of their lives when they had to put their beloved son into Cherry Grove nursing home. However, they got great peace in knowing that he was given the best of care by all of the staff. Friends and family would pay regular visits to John where they would swap stories about the past. His infectious smile would always light up the room.

On turning 50 this year, John was delighted to be greeted by so many family members and friends when his family threw him a party. His popularity shone through once more at his funeral mass in St Alphonsus' Church in Barntown where hundreds of people showed up to pay their respects to their dear friend.

John will be sadly missed by his parents John and Eileen; siblings David, Dennis, Joe, James, Teresa, Pauline and Mary; aunts, uncles, extended family and friends.

Wexford People