Sunday 25 August 2019

Music lover Paddy had a wonderful sense of fun

FOR A man who didn't hail from Wexford, Paddy Kelly was surely a beloved adopted son.

For the Cavan man was a friend to hundreds of people in his adopted home, and he knew every street and alley way in Wexford like the back of his hand.

Paddy, who lived in Mount George, died suddenly last Thursday in the Mater Hospital after undergoing a bypass operation the day before . He was 62 years of age.

Born in Cavan town, Paddy moved to London at the age of 17 and worked for a long time as a butcher with the Walls company.

It was while in London he met his wife Nuala (another Kelly) from Distillery Road, and they came back to Ireland to get married in Bride Street Church in 1969.

The couple returned to live in London until 1976 and their three eldest sons were born in the UK.

The family returned to Ireland and loved in Distillery Road and Kennedy Park before settling in Mount George in 1986.

Throughout his life Paddy held many different jobs, including one with Wexford Corporation. However, he is probably best known as a base operator for various taxi firm, most notably the Black Cabs.

Through this job Paddy got to meet many people and he is fondly remembered as a good humoured, affable man with a big, jovial character. A big part of Paddy's life was the FCA. He was involved with the reserve force as a young man in Cavan, and when he returned from the UK he rejoined. He retired after 19 years as a sergeant from the Wexford FCA.

A sports lover, Paddy was very involved with North End United and in the 1980's managed a team.

His favourite soccer team was Manchester United and he was involved in the Man. United supporters club. He loved to sing and his voice brought him to the stage and he performed with Wexford Light Opera Society and Wexford Pantomime Society. He was also a regular on the singing pubs circuit. His favourite songs were the Cavan tune 'John Joe Reilly' and 'Green Valleys'.

He was a tremendous fundraiser and will be very well known for his dedication in selling local lottery tickets at Dun Mhuire.

A practical joker, Paddy loved to laugh and he always had a word for people. He'd never pass anybody by and he loved to brighten someone's day with a joke. He did a lot of work for charity, most recently fundraising for the Tracie Lawlor Trust.

A devoted husband and father, Paddy was a real family man and the absolute light of his life were his 15 grandchildren. He idolised them, and they adored him. He also had huge time for his wile's family and treated his in-laws like his own siblings.

He is survived by his heartbroken wife Nuala; sons, Paul, Declan, Darren, Frankie and James; brothers, Jim, Tommy, Gerry and John; sister Cathy; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; nephews, nieces, brother and sisters in law, relatives and many dear friends.

His remains were interred in St. Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown on Monday following 11 a.m. Requiem Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rowe Street.

Fr. Aodhan Marken officiated at the Mass.

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