Saturday 21 September 2019

Billy (55) treated everyone with respect and kindness

BILLY BEARDWOOD, who died suddenly at his home in Rosslare Harbour, was a gentleman who treated everyone he met with respect and kindness.

Billy (55) was the son of Peggy Coffey and Billy Beardwood. The family lived in Bray until 1966 when they emigrated to London.

His dad was a photographer who had a great love of life and found great interest in the people he came across. Billy inherited those traits.

Billy Senior died in London in 1967 and eventually Billy Junior and his mother came back to Ireland, this time to Rosslare Harbour, where Peggy had been born and later spent many summers.

Billy loved the sea. He also loved football, books, music, antiques and socialising. He enjoyed listening to Paul Brady, watching Chelsea, and having a few pints in the Rosslare Harbour Social Club.

He was genuinely interested in people and always made time to stop and share a few pleasantries. He treated everybody with a great sense of fairness.

When friends or family got into difficulty or passed away, Billy was genuinely saddened and affected by the change. He had very good friends was held in respect by those who knew him.

He was a fantastic fisherman who always seemed to know where the bass were hiding. He was an exceptionally good boat handler and had great respect for the weather.

Angling competitions were his holidays. He prepared for them as if he were going on an Antarctic expedition.

A man of few possessions, he minded his family, his home, his boat and his faithful dog George.

Billy was a great optimist. The glass was always half-full. He was quiet and went about his business in a dignified and respectful way, keeping his eye on the sometimes bumpy road ahead of him.

He is survived by his sister Madeleine Quirke who is CEO of Wexford Chamber; his brother-in-law Padraig Quirke; his two nephews Kieran and Dominic O'Shaughnessy; his relatives and many friends.

Kieran O'Shaughnessy paid tribute to his uncle at the funeral Mass in St Patrick's Church, Rosslare Harbour, while Dominic O'Shaughnessy, Tony Doran, Ron O'Rourke and Ultan Quirke sang and played music.

'A great man has been lost to us all – a brother, an uncle, a cousin and a friend who has enriched all our lives and who will be very sadly missed.' said Kieran.

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