Tuesday 17 September 2019

Sadness on passing of Leo, a true gentleman

MANY PEOPLE in the South End of Wexford town will be greatly saddened this week to learn of the passing of a true gentleman, Leo Harpur.

Leo, who would have celebrated his 81st birthday next month, died in Wexford General Hospital on Friday afternoon after a brief illness.

Born in William Street, Leo never strayed too far from his home place, and he raised his family with his beloved wife Eileen (née O'Brien) in nearby Seaview Avenue.

During his life Leo worked for 22 years with Fine Wool Fabrics, while he also worked as a sales rep with Senator Windows until his retirement in 1994.

A loving husband and very proud father, Leo loved nothing more than ballroom dancing, and he and his late wife Eileen cut quite a dash on the dancefloor.

Indeed they moved 'like liquid silk', and were frequent visitors to Kelly's Hotel where they'd enjoy a night dancing.

A very fit man, Leo also loved to get out in the fresh air, and even in recent years he would be seen with his friends walking the highways and byways of Wexford. He thought nothing of walking six or seven miles a day.

Handy with his hands, he enjoyed DIY and liked to do all the painting around his house in Seaview Avenue.

He was a good neighbour and had many friends. An outgoing man, he had a great sense of fun and was very good humoured.

He took great pride in his family and kept a great interest in everything they did

He is survived by his son Ian; his daughters Rita, Eleanor and Leonora; daughter-in-law Concepta; sons-in-law David and Andrew; grandchildren David, Adrian and Esha; brother John; sister-in-law Elizabeth; nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends.

His remains were interred in St. Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown, on Tuesday following 11 a.m. Requiem Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Bride Street

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