Wednesday 18 September 2019

Joe was a kind gentle and fun-loving person

THE DEATH of Joe Morris (48) was the cause of great shock and sadness for his family and friends.

Joe, of 56 Whiterock View, passed away on March 20 last at his home.

One of the late Kathleen and Thomas (Skipper) Morris' 16 children, Joe was their youngest son.

As a young man he worked in Wallace's tailoring on South Main Street.

Joe was a gifted tailor and enjoyed his work. He would also do bits of work for his family from home.

He later left Wexford to work in Dublin, at Blackrock College, for a few years.

Joe worked hard and saved his money for holidays in the sun, as he was a sun-worshipper and loved to be outside soaking up the rays on a beautiful day. He later returned to live in family home at Whiterock View.

Joe experienced personal and health difficulties over the years and in 2005 he became very ill, spending almost four months at St James' Hospital in Dublin. His family were told at the time that he would not be coming home, but Joe battled through his illness and did return to Whiterock View.

He loved to listen to local radio, but preferred Waterford's WLRFM to Wexford's South East Radio. However, whenever a family member had a birthday he would ensure to call South East Radio and have a request played for them.

He was a clever man, with a good head for recalling details, and would often win prizes in radio quizzes. He enjoyed listening to music and watching films.

Joe had a good friend in neighbour Mick Clowery, who sadly passed away three years ago, while another good friend across the road was Breda Hynes, who he would enjoy sitting out at the front of her house with, watching the world go by.

Joe lived a simple life and was very much loved by his family, particularly his eight sisters who shared the responsibility of looking after him in recent times.

Though he had his problems, Joe was a kind, gentle and fun-loving man, who will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him.

His Requiem Mass was celebrated at Clonard Church last Tuesday. There was a large crowd in attendance. Joe was laid to rest in Crosstown Cemetery.

He is predeceased by his brother John, who passed away nine months ago, and Dave, who passed away six years ago.

Joe is sadly missed by his brothers Albert, Tommy, James, Frank and Eddie. and his sisters Margaret, Bernie, Elizabeth, Mabel, Kathleen, Christine, Patricia and Ann, his nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, extended family and friends. May he rest in peace.

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