Sunday 18 August 2019

Frances is laid to rest

THE SOUTH East has lost one of its oldest residents with the death of Mrs Frances Maddock of Rosslare Harbour, who was in her 99th year.

A native of St Iver's in neighbouring Our Lady's Island parish, she was wife of the late Jim Maddock, a Rosslare Harbour-based journalist for half a century until his death in 1983.

She was born in November 1912 and lived most of her life in Rosslare Harbour where she was involved in numerous voluntary organisations. During World War II she and husband were members of the local Irish Red Cross branch who welcomed and assisted refugees, especially unaccompanied children, arriving at the port in the Fishguard mailboats (ferries) to escape the Blitz in London and other British cities. Mrs Maddock always took a great interest in the activities of Rosslare Harbour, even during her final five years which she spent in Aisling Nursing Home, Arklow. She was one of the many fundraisers with the community committee set up in the early 1950s with the formidible task of building a church in Rosslare Harbour and whose successors eventually saw the opening of St Patrick's Church in 1969.

Following the funeral Mass in St Patrick's celebrated by Fr Diarmuid Desmond PP burial took place in St Aidan's Cemetery, Kilrane. Mrs Maddock is survived by her daughter, Janet Kelly; sons, John and Jim; daughtersin-law, Catherine and Mary; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and relatives.

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