Longford mourns death of Lou Tormey, a first-class soldier with a wild wicked sense of humour

Late Lou Albert Tormey, 14 Castle Gardens, Newtownforbes, Longford and formerly Clara Road, Moate, Co Westmeath

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The sudden death of Lou Albert Tormey, 14 Castle Gardens, Newtownforbes, Longford and formerly Clara Road, Moate, Co Westmeath, on Friday, February 8, shocked all who knew him.

In a tribute, the Peter Keenan Branch of ONE, described Lou as ‘a first-class soldier with a wild wicked sense of humour’.

The tribute read: “To say we were shocked to hear of the death of Lou Tormey would be an understatement, although we knew he had been unwell lately it was like a bombshell to hear of his passing.

“Like many in the army, he came from a family with a long history of military involvement. His great uncle James Tormey served in the Connaught Rangers in World War I. After the war he joined the Irish Volunteers and he was killed in the Irish War of Independence in 1921. His brother Joseph was killed by the British at Ballykinler Camp also in 1921.

“It was inevitable that Lou would also join the military. He enlisted in the army in 1976 at Custume Barracks Athlone, after basic training he was assigned to the unit of his choice, 4th Motor Squadron Longford. His ability was soon tested on the border, he was not found wanting.

“He was promoted to Corporal within a short time, a few years later to Sergeant. He served in Longford up to its closure in 2009 and with the unit until it was stood down in 2012. He then served with 6th Infantry Battalion up to the present.

“During his time in Longford he did many tours of duty with the United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon and with other missions in Liberia, Chad, Kosovo and other foreign outposts.

“Those who served with him at home and overseas speak of a first-class soldier with a wild wicked sense of humour and his own unique take on every situation. A few hours in his company was well spent and never to be forgotten.

“He had a great knowledge of military history and was an avid collector of memorabilia associated with his profession.

“When off duty Lou was almost always in the company of his soul-mate and the great love of his life Marie his wife. To Marie, his son James, his family, relatives, his many friends both military and civilian we offer our sincere sympathy at this difficult time. Rest in peace, old friend.”

Clonguish GAA also expressed sympathy with the Tormey family. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.”

The late Lou Albert Tormey lay in repose at Connell's Funeral Home, Church Street, Longford on Wednesday, February 13 from 6pm.

Funeral Mass took place on Thursday, February 14 in St Mary's Church, Newtownforbes, Longford, (N39 EF29) followed with burial in the New Cemetery.

Predeceased by his parents Patrick and Theresa, brothers Pat and David, sister Neillie Vine. Sympathy is extended to his wife Marie, son James and his girlfriend Edel, brothers Joe and Christy, sisters Marjie Simons, Mary Guinan Kay Bannon, brothers-in-law Barry, Jim, Pauric, Michael, Peter and Barney, sisters-in-law Phyllis, Maria, Jean, Aggie and Bridget, neighbours, friends and his Army colleagues.