Thursday 22 August 2019

Sad and unexpected passing of Richard

The late Richard 'Dickie' Cousins.
The late Richard 'Dickie' Cousins.

By Sara Gahan

The sudden and unexpected passing of Richard 'Dickie' Cousins of Cousinstown, Bridgetown occurred June 11, and caused shock and sadness in the parish of Kilmore.

After a very short illness Dickie died peacefully surrounded by his loving family and in the excellent care of the staff at St Mary's Ward, Wexford General Hospital with just eleven days short of his 86th birthday.

He was a loving husband to Margaret and they had been looking forward to celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary Tuesday, July 18.

He was a devoted father to his two sons, Ultan and Lorcan, to his daughters-in-law, Yvonne and Caroline, and was an affectionate grandfather to Aaron, Darragh, Dillon and Emmet whose company he loved.

Dickie was born June 22, 1931 to Jack and Johanna Cousins, where he grew up in The Hill with his two sisters and four brothers. As a young man he worked the family land with his brothers before setting up his own farm in Cousinstown in 1965.

In 1947, at 16-years of age, he joined his older brothers Pat, Tommy and Jimmy to become a part of the committee of twenty young men who took on the ambitious project of building a new hall in Kilmore Village.

The establishment of Kilmore Parish Hall served as a dance hall, cinema, theatre, meeting rooms and even a chapel during church renovations, something which Dickie was very proud of for the rest of his life.

In recent years, he was delighted to watch the refurbishment of the hall and to see it become a vibrant resource that would benefit the local community.

When Dickie retired from farming in 1996, he was able to indulge his interest in sport by supporting the local GAA club and he particularly enjoyed travelling to see Wexford play hurling and football.

One of the highlights for Dickie and his brothers was the visit from their long-lost American relatives. Their great-great-grandfather had emigrated to New Jersey in the 1840s.

He was thrilled to welcome his fourth cousins Linda, Nancy and Bill Cousins when they called to see him last June. He regularly expressed his hope of meeting them again.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, his sons Ultan and Lorcan, daughters-in-law Yvonne and Caroline, grandsons Aaron, Darragh, Dillon and Emmet, his brothers Pat, Tommy and Jimmy, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and relatives.

He is predeceased by his brother Sean, sisters Ita Gorman and Mai Furlong. Dickie will be sadly missed by his extended Cousins/Dillon family, neighbours and his friends.

Wexford People

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