Farewell to Longford’s “gentle giant”

There was a deep sense of sadness throughout Longford town and beyond when news emerged of the death of the much loved Michael Gerard (Gerry) Cusker, Annaly Park, Longford, last month.

There was a deep sense of sadness throughout Longford town and beyond when news emerged of the death of the much loved Michael Gerard (Gerry) Cusker, Annaly Park, Longford, last month.

Gerry, as he was fondly known, was highly regarded locally and was affectionately referred to as ‘the gentle giant’. He passed away on August 16 last, surrounded by his wife, daughters and extended family in his 82nd year. He was pre-deceased by his much loved son, John.

The late Gerry Cusker was a native of Co Monaghan and arrived in Longford in the 1950s when he was in his early twenties to take up a position with Longford Steel Fabricators. It was during this time that he met and fell in love with his wife to be, Angela Muldoon. The couple married in 1960 and together they had seven children – six daughters and one son. At the time of his passing, Gerry’s much loved family had extended to in-laws, 18 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren.

Gerry’s great loves in life were his wife, family, the church and the community in which he lived and animals. He held a deep spiritual faith and attended Mass devoutly with his wife Angela. He was also a Eucharistic Minister in the Parish and very much enjoyed his role within the church. In later life, the Cuskers settled in Annaly Park where Gerry ran a small grocery shop for a number of years. His kindly deeds and friendly disposition attracted many friends and he also held a deep appreciation for animals, a part of him that was probably nurtured during his childhood growing up on the family farm in Co Monaghan.

The late Gerry Cusker was laid to rest at Ballmacormack Cemetery following funeral Mass on August 18th last at St Joseph’s Care Centre. The large crowds that gathered to bid him a final farewell was testament to the esteem in which Gerry and the family are held. He is survived by his wife Angela, six daughters, sons-in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and his many friends. May he Rest in Peace.