Thursday 23 November 2017

Popular barber Denny died on New Year's Eve

By Maria Pepper

The late Denny Reville.
The late Denny Reville.

Denis (Denny) Reville, 2 Farnogue Heights, sadly passed away on New Year's Eve, aged 79 years, at Wexford General Hospital following a battle with many illnesses over the last year and a half.

The death of popular barber Denny came only 37 hours after his older brother John (89) passed away in Wexford General Hospital

A son of the late William and Mary Reville, Denny was born in 1937, grew up in Ferrycarrig and attended Barntown School.

As a young man, he was an avid runner with the DMP Athletic Club and competed in many events. He met his future wife Angela Owens at a dance in the Dun Mhuire Hall and they were married in 1960, in Wexford.

Denny started his working life with his uncle, the late Nick Swords, Monck St., training as a barber, where he worked for several years.

After Nick's retirement, Denny went to sea on the Conninbeg Light Ship off Arklow, with his late brother in law, Bernie Owens.

He also sailed further afield and had the pleasure of visiting the Great Wall of China, during one of his trips with the Irish Lights Shipping Company.

On returning from sea, he joined his wife, Angela, who ran a hairdressing salon in Peter St. and they extended the business by building a barber shop adjacent to the salon in Peters St.

Their salon was very popular, where loyal customers came over the years, not just for a haircut or perm, but also for the great conversation and social interaction which was had.

When Denny retired, he and Angela, had the time to travel and they enjoyed many memorable holidays together.

They especially enjoyed their trips to Los Angeles to visit their son Alan and his family and also their trips to Tennessee, where Dennys sister Gretta lives.

Denny was a lifelong fan of GAA, especially Wexford hurling. He and Angela frequently attended matches in Croke Park and he was a great fan of Nickey Rackard, who he befriended.

In recent years, he enjoyed the odd fiver on the horses together with the few pints of Guinness and odd Jameson in the local amongst friends.

He is survived by his sons, Gerry and Alan (USA); daughter Clare; grandchildren, Siobhan, Ruairi and Conor; sisters, Bridie, Mary, Gretta (USA) and Martha (UK); daughters in law, Mary and Jeanette; son in law, Sean; nieces and nephews; and extended family and friends.

Denny was predeceased by his wife, Angela, who passed away in 2014, and his son Kieran who died in December, 2015.

He was also predeceased by his brothers John, Liam and George and his sisters Kathleen, Carmel and Clare.

The family would like to extend their thanks to all the staff in Waterford and Wexford hospitals and also to the Respite carers in Gorey and Farnogue, and especially Mary who helped care for Denny while at home.

Denny's funeral Mass took place on January 3, followed by burial in Crosstown.


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