Wexford man had a good word to say about everyone
THE sad death took place recently of Lawrence (Leslie) Fitzpatrick, of Fishers Row. Leslie, who died suddenly at his home on January 14, was 78 years old.
Leslie was reared in the Trinity Street/William Street areas of the town and was educated at the Faythe School, the CBS, and the then-Tech where he studied engineering.
After leaving schoool he became a fitter/welder, working for the Star Iron Works until 1956 when he went to the UK. Leslie returned to Ireland in the early 1960s where he began working as a delivery driver, with a horse and car, for the railways.
He subsequently went to work for Smiths and then Jackmans, from where he retired in 1984, the same year he married his childhood sweetheart Kathleen, who had known him since 1945.
Leslie and Kathleen went on to have two daughters, Colette and Sioban, and have two grand children Aaron and Matthew.
'He was the best husband ever. He adored his two girls and two grandchildren,' said Kathleen.
In his younger days, Leslie played with the Harriers and with the DMP Athletics Club, in Murrintown. He was a handballer and a lifelong Manchester City fan, a picture of the team hanging above the bed at his home where he passed away.
Kathleen said Leslie never had a bad word to say about anybody and no-one had a bad word to say about him.
A sociable man, Leslie enjoyed sitting on the bench at the front of his house and talking to people as they went by.
He was active in the South End community, with the youth club and the South End Resource Centre, and was a member of the breakfast club, Fryday's Men, as well as the Young Irelands.
Members of the Fryday's did a guard of honour for Leslie, from his home to Bride Street Church, with the Young Irelands doing the honours for the journey back to his house.
Leslie's death is deeply regretted by Kathleen, their daughters, grandchildren, sister Imelda and brother Danny, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.