Earlier today, Sunday March 20th, my uncle Jimmy died, R.I.P. He had been in hospital for a number of weeks. His family hadn’t told him that daddy died, as they wanted to save him from further upset. Please God they are reunited now.
Jimmy was ever loyal to my father and the two of them got along really well, thank God. Regular visits and shared stories kept them in contact. It’s hard to believe the two of them have died within the week.
We remember Jimmy’s family now – Nora his wife, his daughter Denise and sons Declan and Des, his daughter-in-law Eileen and grandchildren. May they find the strength they need for the days ahead.
He was a keen photographer and, in some ways, I’ve always thought my own fondness for pictures came from him. He never used digital cameras but developed countless rolls of film and captured thousands of moments. Jimmy, like my father, was a talented man who could turn his hand to a variety of tasks. Ever obliging, he was available to all.
As we prepare for Jimmy’s Funeral in Gurteen, we pray that God grant eternal rest to Jimmy, daddy and all who have died. “We put them yesterday under Our Lady’s protection and today we put them under the protection of her only Son. May Peter freely open to them the Gates of Paradise and may God and Mary come to meet them and bring their Souls to the City of the Saints. Amen.”