Ray was devoted to his loving family
A WEXFORD family has been plunged into mourning for the third time in less than a year following the sad death of Clonard man Ray Martin.
Ray (62) died at home last Friday following a battle with cancer, nine months after burying his beloved daughter Aishling.
His mother Josie Martin, late of The Faythe died on Christmas day.
Ray worked with An Post for 43 years and was branch manager at the Post Office in Anne Street for many years up to his retirement in September 2010.
A week after his retirement, he became ill and was diagnosed with cancer.
He fought the illness with courage and dignity, never complaining.
His priority continued to be his family as it had been all through his life.
Ray is survived by his wife Mary; his daughters Orla, Fiona and Ciara; his brothers Liam, Brendan and Noel; his sons-in-law Philip, Justin, Stuart and John; his grandchildren Cian, Sarah, Grainne and Sive and his extended family and friends.
Ray's daughter Aishling, a former world-class gymnast lost her fiveyear battle with Motor Neurone Disease on July 31 lst year.
His elderly mother Josie passed away peacefully on December 25.
On Monday, the family united at a graveside for the third time in nine months to attend Ray's burial following funeral Mass in Clonard Church.
At the Mass, his brother Noel delivered a eulogy in which he thanked everyone who had helped Ray during his 19 month battle with illness.
He described Ray as a loving, caring, kind and selfless man.
The love of his family was foremost and he never deflected his attention from them even as he struggled with illness.
He was a great listener and non-judgmental, giving sound advice without being overbearing.
He loved Irish heritage and all things Irish, particularly music and Gaelic games.
Golf was his sporting passion. He loved the game and he loved Wexford Golf Club where he served as Captain in 1994.
He had a genuine love for his work, starting his career with An Post in Drogheda, moving to Wicklow, Arklow and finally Wexford where he became branch manager.
More importantly, he spoke of the people he worked with and the regard he had for them. Most men have one woman in their lives. Ray was fortunate to have five - his wife and four daughters.
The loss of Aishling last July was heart wrenching for him and the rest of the family. He was very proud of his grandchildren and welcoming to his sons-in-law.
'Ray was a great husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend to us all and he will be greatly missed,' said Noel.