John was loved by all
There was much sorrow in Taghmon and beyond recently with the passing of John Coady (61) who was well loved by all those lucky enough to have known him.
Born in Coonogue, Ballymurphy to Peter and Margaret Coady, John was raised there as the youngest of three children, with siblings Justin and Kathleen.
John lost his mother at an early age and in June 1970, when he was 15 years old, he moved to Taghmon to assist two uncles Jimmy and Mikey and an aunt Katie on the family farm at Knockbroad.
John married Kathleen Wickham in 1977. Kathleen was his true soulmate in life and they spent much of their time together. They had seven children, daughter Kathrina and sons Shane, PJ, Martin, Michael, Ciarán and Anthony.
At his funeral Mass, John was described as a 'devoted family man' and 'a kind, caring husband'.
John left a wonderful legacy, in particular for his family, instilling in them a sense of warmth, generosity and fun. He had an optimistic outlook and the ability to remain positive and good humoured regardless of life's challenges.
Among his many admirable attributes was his willingness to share his time with his family, friends and neighbours. John was an important member of the farming community. He was always enthusiastic about helping out neighbours, all of whom he considered friends, and in return he enjoyed the support of all around him.
John spoke regularly of how blessed he was to be surrounded by such a wonderful, caring community. This was never more evident that in the last months as John battled with cancer.
He loved socialising. He was a keen and astute card player and always loved meeting up for the banter. He had a great humour and thoroughly enjoyed listening to yarns and telling stories in his own witty way.
He enjoyed a variety of sports. A gentle giant, he pulled tug-o-war with The Sprinters for years. He played hurling with Taghmon-Camross and later managed underage teams.He loved being involved in the club.
John's contribution to both was marked by a guard of honour as he made the journey to St. Fintan's Cemtery, Taghmon.
A large gathering attended John's funeral mass in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Trinity to celebrate his life.
His family is deeply grateful to all those who attended and for the donations made by mourners to the Friends of St. Luke, Rathgar and Wexford Hospice Homecare.
His Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 30 at 7 pm in Trinity Church.
John will be sadly missed by all who knew him especially his wife Kathleen, his children and grandchildren, his siblings, his extended family and his neighbours and many friends.