AUDIO: Poignant and emotional farewell to Longford town business couple, Jim and Anne Reynolds

Alan Walsh

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Alan Walsh

AUDIO: Poignant and emotional farewell to Longford town business couple, Jim and Anne Reynolds

St Mel’s Cathedral was overflowing with mourners as they came to pay their final respects to Longford town business couple, Jim and Anne Reynolds who passed away within 24 hours of each other on the weekend of November 5 and 6.

Chief celebrant at last Wednesday’s Funeral Mass was Fr Tom Healy and he told the congregation, “Anne and Jim were very devoted to each other throughout their married life.”

Describing the deaths of Anne and Jim as an ‘immensely emotional, stressful and heart wrenching time for the Reynolds family’, Fr Healy added, “We can’t begin to imagine the pain and distress you are feeling as you lay both your parents to rest.”

In a moving eulogy, Anne and Jim’s son James recited the poem ‘Footprints’, while daughter Angela poignantly recalled the story of how her parents met for the first and danced together in the Tower Ballroom in Tarmonbarry.

Son John then revealed that their mum Anne wrote in her diary after that first meeting with Jim, “Tonight I met Jim reynolds, I love him.”

He added, “As sad as today is, it is also comforting and beautiful that in the end love conquers all.”

Anne (née Lenehan) and Jim were laid to rest in Ballymacormack cemetery and sympathy is extended to their loving family, daughters Angela and Orlagh, sons John and James, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, Jim’s sister Teresa, his sisters-in-law, their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

More in tomorrow's Longford Leader.

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