Sunday 17 December 2017

Bill was one of renowned seafaring Delaney family

OUR LADY'S Island bid a sad farewell to one of its most senior and wellrespected citizens last week following the death of Mr. Bill Delaney.

Bill, who lived at Ceann Tuí, died on September 4 in Wexford General Hospital. He was 93 years old.

He was the youngest member of the renowned seafaring Delaney family of Parnell Street in Wexford town.

He married Maureen Power in 1950 and the couple lived in Corry's Villas, Wexford before moving in 1958 to Clifford House, Rosslare Harbour where the family lived for many years.

Bill worked as a customs officer in Rosslare Harbour and later in the Custom House in Dublin.

In 1989, he and Maureen moved to Ceann Tuí in Our Lady's Island where he enjoyed a quiet and happy retirement.

Throughout his life, Bill was steadfast in his Catholic faith. He had a passion for Irish and local history, culture, language and folklore. He was an avid reader and had an extraordinary knowledge of many subjects.

He was a private man who loved the simple things of life – his garden, nature and the company of his family which expanded to include 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, all of whom were a constant source of pride and delight to him.

Bill was predeceased by his wife Maureen who died in 2005.

He was buried following funeral Mass in Our Lady's Island Church.

He is sadly missed by his loving sons Richard, Liam, Seamus, Michael, Paul and Ray and his daughter Maura; his grandchildren; great-grandchild; his daughters-in-law; son-in-law; nieces; nephews; relatives and friends.

Tá daoine a shiúlann inar saolta agus shiúlann amach astu go luath; Tá daoine a fhanann ar feadh tamaill; Agus fágann said rianta a gcos ar ár gcroithe; Agus casann ár n-anamacha port nua go deo.

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