Tuesday 22 October 2019

Patsy was a master craftsman

The late Patsy O'Grady.
The late Patsy O'Grady.

The community of Coolcotts was saddened recently by the death of Patsy O'Grady.

Patsy from Villa Maria, Ivy Lane in Coolcotts died on March 16 surrounded by his family. Patsy lost his beloved wife Breda, of over fifty years, only weeks prior to his own demise.

He was a very talented man and excelled in everything he put his mind to. A great raconteur Patsy loved to tell stories and tales and his great ability brought to them to life for his audience.

Patsy was a very fair minded man and was a peace commissioner for Wexford until his death on March 16.

He had a varied career and worked not only as a fireman but was also a master craftsman passing on some of his carpentry skills to the students he taught in the FAS and Youth Training schemes. He also ran on of the biggest aluminium companies in Wexford for many years in addition to working at other businesses during the course of his life.

He was also a talented musician.

Patsy also enjoyed hunting and was an avid reader. In his younger days he was a keen sportsman and had a great interest in cycling, hurling and boxing. He also loved snooker and closely followed the careers of the professional snooker players of the day.

He was also involved in Fianna Fail for many years.

Patsy will be sadly issed by his children, Veronica Thomas, Eithne O'Grady, Siobhan Kehoe and Patrick O'Grady. He is survived by his children, his brothers Michael, Frankie and Johnny, his sisters Winnie, Bridie and Betty, his grandchildren Graham, Tony, Christopher, Hugh, Amelie, Tara and Erin and his great grandchildren Ryan and Gracie. Patsy will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

His remains were removed from his home to the Church of the Assumption, Bride Street. He was buried afterwards in Kilmallock Cemetery, Ballymurn.

Wexford People