Friday 23 August 2019

Seán was a gifted craftsman who had a passion for cars

PEOPLE in Glynn and throughout Wexford were saddened to learn of the death of Seán Curran (53).

Seán, of Carrigmannon, Killurin, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, April 16. He is survived by his wife Rosarii and their children Ruairi (18) and Niamh (16), his extended family and many friends.

The only son of Jack and the late Teresa Curran, Seán has three sisters; Fiona, Deirdre and Aileesh. He was reared in Glenville Road in Wexford town and most recently lived in Carrigmannon.

He attended Wexford CBS for his secondary education after which he served his time and qualified as a carpenter. He was involved in a lot of sports in his earlier years.

He played soccer with Bridge Rovers and rugby with Wexford Wanderers. He was a member of Wexford Motor club and attended many rallies. Seán was also a huge Spurs fan and made the trip across to White Hart Lane on several occasions to see them play, particularly enjoying the matches with his son Ruairi. His Spurs jersey was laid to rest with him last week.

Seán was a gifted craftsman and could turn his hand to anything. He built his family's home in Carrigmannon and in the subsequent 15 years there was never a problem that arose there that he couldn't take care of himself. Though qualified as a carpenter, he was adept at any trade, as evidenced on many projects throughout Co Wexford over the years. One of the projects that Seán himself was most proud of was the beautiful stonework he is responsible for at the picturesque St Mogue's Cottage in Ferns.

Seán had a great passion for cars and he loved getting his hands on older models, doing them up and getting them out on the road. With his father Jack, he built a TMC Costin, which were manufactured by the Thompson Motor Company in Castlebridge in 1980s. His latest purchase was a 1968 Ford Cortina. Or as Seán called it, his 'funky' Ford Cortina.

Seán was a very knowledgeable man, a ferocious reader and possessed a very sharp mind to the end. He enjoyed quizzes and crosswords and could often be found sitting at the bar in his local, Marty B's, with his pint and a crossword.

He was a strong-willed person, who knew his own mind, but a loyal friend who never rushed to judge anyone. In fact, Seán was never one for gossip and hadn't a bad word to say about anyone.

His health began to deteriorate at the beginning of this year until he was eventually diagnosed with cancer. However, he bore his many setbacks with courage - his strength of character and will were to the fore at all times.

It was typical of his matter-of-fact approach to situations that he just wanted to get on with life and not to be dependent on anyone else. He valued his independence very highly and didn't like a fuss being made of him. However, just as he was looking forward to getting on with things again he was hit with the hammer blow of a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Seán had only been home with his beloved wife and children a few days when he passed away peacefully there, as had been his wish. Rosarii expressed her thanks to the staff of St Vincent's Hospital and Wexford General Hospital for their care of Seán and particularly to the palliative care team who made it possible for him to return home to Carrigmannon.

The high esteem in which Seán was held was reflected by the large attendance at both his removal to St Lawrence's Church, Glynn, and his Requiem Mass there on Monday, April 18. Seán was laid to rest in Whitechurch Cemetery.

May he rest in peace.

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