The south Longford village of Lanesboro is in a state of shock this week as it mourns the passing of one of its well know citizens John Fayne who died last week. John, who was in his early fifties was described by close friend and owner of O’Brien’s Cornershop in Lanesboro, Joe O’Brien as “a rock” and a “great help to everyone”, was involved in a number of activities in his local community.
A father of two daughters and one son, Lisa, Ashling and Barry and loving husband to his wife Mary, Joe says John will be sorely missed throughout the community. “I know John for a very long time. He was a very unassuming and helpful person. If one person mentioned it, a thousand would that he was a rock to everybody he knew.”
Joe also spoke of John’s involvement in all that happened around Lanesboro, commenting: “Anything that was going on around the village, John would always lend a hand and ask nothing in return.
“To lose one so young is tough and it has affected the whole area very hard.”
John joined Lough Ree Sub Aqua in 1987 and straight away became involved with both body searching and boat rescue.
He also assisted in saving lives, responding to countless amounts of search and rescues across the country. He was presented with a Medal for Excellence by then President of Ireland Mary McAleese in honour of his heroics on the water.
A representative from the organisation said that the club had “lost one of its greatest members” and acknowleged John’s unique ability to make everyone feel welcome.
John’s life was remembered with Funeral Mass which was held in St Mary’s Church in Lanesborough on Saturday evening last.