Longford army colleagues pay tribute to dedicated comrade, late Kevin Percival

Late Kevin Percival, Beaghmore, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim and formerly Ballymahon, Co Longford

A warm tribute has been paid to the late Kevin Percival, Carrigallen, and formerly, Ballymahon, by the Peter Keenan ONE (Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women) Longford, who described him as a person with an easy-going manner and who was dedicated to his army unit.

Kevin, surrounded by his loving family, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 23, at St Vincent's Private Hospital, Dublin, following a short illness bravely borne.

“We were saddened to hear of the death of our great friend and former colleague, Kevin Percival,” read the tribute from Peter Keenan ONE Longford. “To his family, relatives, former comrades and friends, we offer our sincere condolences at this difficult time.”

Kevin is survived by his wife Teresa, and his children, daughter Margaret, sons Gerald, Andrew and David; his brothers Pat, Peter, Jimmy, Gerry, Sean and William, sisters Marcella, Kathleen, Susan and Carmel, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Peter Keenan ONE Longford Branch spokesperson said, “Kevin enlisted in the army in 1981 and after basic training, was posted to 4th Motor Squadron Longford.

“In one of the busiest units in the army he was soon performing the most difficult duties with the greatest of ease.

“His easy-going manner and his dedication to his unit and the army endeared him to all those he soldiered with.

“He did a number of overseas tours with the United Nations, including the 55th and 57th Battalions.

“He transferred into the 17th Infantry Battalion Connolly Barracks Longford as storeman driver towards the end of the eighties, he remained with B Company, Granard up to his retirement on pension.

“He was a man that always put his family first, they were his priority at all times. Rest in peace old friend.”

The late Kevin Percival reposed at his residence on Thursday and Friday, January 24 and 25, with removal to St Mary's Church, Carrigallen. Funeral Mass took place on Saturday, followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May he Rest In Peace.

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