Well-known Wexfordman Jim Whelan dies aged 67
THE sad passing has taken place of well-known Wexfordman Jim Whelan, aged 67, of Bishopswater.
Jim is the son of Wexford town couple John Whelan, from King Street, and Ellen Murphy, from Croke Avenue.
Born in London, where he lived on and off over the years, he was one of three sons and three daughters.
As a child growing up in London, his parents were anxious that he should retain his Wexford links and used to send him home every summer for six weeks to stay with members of his extended family.
During one visit home, he met his wife-to-be Sadie and after the couple married, they too moved to London, where they had two children, Paul and Sarah. The family moved back to Wexford where Sinead and Colm were born, living in King Street for seven years, before heading back to London, where they spent the next nine years.
Jim always said he would bring the family back to Wexford and was very proud of the fact that he did just that.
A carpenter/builder by trade he used to love fishing and shooting, backing the horses having a laugh with the lads in one of his locals.
He lived life to the full every day and didn't miss a beat and was well known for his 'blackguarding and gallavanting'.
Jim had a big heart and his door was always open to family, friends and sometimes strangers and people could plan on visiting for a week and staying a month.
Jim's loving wife Sadie cared for him tirelessly for the past two years with the much-appreciated support of family, the local community, friends, and the health care team and Dr Kavanagh.
His funeral mass took place at Bride Street Church on Saturday, followed by burial at Crosstown.
Jim is sadly missed by his loving wife, sons, daughters, brother Derek, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. RIP.