Monday 16 September 2019

Denis (71) was a family man and loving husband

MANY people in Wexford were saddened to learn of the death of Denis O'Brien shortly before Christmas.

Denis (71), of 91 The Faythe, fell ill suddenly at his home and passed away at Wexford General Hospital shortly afterwards on December 20 last.

He was born in Byrne's Lane in Wexford, one of a family of six children. He is survived by his brothers John and James and his sisters Angela, Joan and Breda. He is predeceased by his sister Marie.

Denis met his soulmate Theresa Cousins from Drinagh and they were married in Piercestown in 1962.

A loyal, loving and supportive husband, Denis was devoted to Theresa, as she was to him. This commitment never waned and was clearly evident in recent times when Denis lovingly cared for his wife as she battled through a serious illness.

The happy couple had four boys together, whom they raised at their home in The Faythe: Ger, Denny, John and Joe.

Denis was a great family man and he had a way with young people that put them instantly at ease around him. He adored his grandchildren and they loved spending time with him.

He is predeceased by his son Joe, who sadly passed away four years ago.

Denis was a quiet and hardworking man, who was employed in Clover Meats for 28 years.

He had a serious health problem when he was younger that eventually necessitated open heart surgery when he was just 36 years old.

But the operation was a great success and Denis returned to work and full health, which he enjoyed up until his recent death.

He was a man of simple pleasures who loved a pint of Guinness, a game of darts and a chat with friends in one of his local pubs, such as Billy Kelly's or The Wicked Swan.

Denis also enjoyed gardening and was a great man for growing vegetables at home.

As well as growing vegetables he also had the inspired idea of putting new potatoes in an air tight tin and then burying them in the ground so they could be enjoyed on New Year's Day.

This was a pleasure that the O'Brien family often enjoyed. Denis would have afforded himself a wry smile this year as, following his sad passing, his family searched out the tin with a metal detector!

Denis was a great saver and was entrusted the penny bank in Clover Meats for many years. After he left the company he continued a penny bank for family members and friends.

However, the most important thing he was already putting away a few euro for recently was his and Theresa's 50th wedding anniversary next year, when he planned to whisk his beloved wife away on holiday.

His Requiem Mass was celebrated in Bride Street Church on December 22, with burial afterwards in Crosstown Cemetery.

Denis is sadly missed by his loving wife Theresa, his sons Ger, Denny and John, his daughters-in-law and sons' partners, his grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family and friends. May he rest in peace.

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