Retired Garda Charlie was a devoted family man
THE DEATH has taken place at the young age of 61 of retired Garda Charlie Gaule, a long-time member of the community in Castlebridge.
Charlie was a devoted husband of Lola and loving father of Richard, Stephen, Carla and Cathal.
By providence, a new grandchild Cathal, was born to Stephen and his wife Goretti on the day that Charlie passed away.
Charlie bore his illness was born with patience and fortitude and the sense of humour for which he was well known remained with him to the end.
His death is deeply regretted by his loving family, brothers, sisters, daughters-in-law, grandchildren Keela, James and Cathal, uncles, aunts relatives and friends and the Castlebridge community, of which he was a valued member, and by local organisations, sporting and in the community, to which he gave his time and commitment over the years.
Most of all Charlie's passing will be mourned for the fine human being that he was.
His Requiem Mass took place at St. Ibar's Church, Castlebridge, followed by burial at St. Ibar's Cemetery Castlebridge.
Charlie joined the gardai in 1973 and retired in 2009. He served in Waterford, Thomastown and Stoneyford as a young guard, transferring to Castlebridge in 1980, where he spent the rest of his garda career.
Colleagues, who passed on their condolences to Lola, said Charlie was a community guard long before the phrase was coined and was immersed in the community.
He was a brilliant soccer player and had a particular interest in developing the skills of young players in the village.
His Requiem Mass took place at St. Ibar's Church, Castlebridge, on Saturday (March 14) followed by burial at St. Ibar's Cemetery Castlebridge.
Speaking during the homily, Fr. Walter Forde said Charlie was always very proud of the fact that he shared a surname with the former president of France Charles de Gaulle.