Much sadness has been expressed at the recent death of Ballymahon's Edward Quirke.
The death occurred on February 13 last of Edward Quirke, West View, Creevaghbeg, Ballymahon at Mullingar Regional Hospital, predeceased only five months ago by his wife Anne.
Ted as he was affectionately known was born back in 1933 in Glinsk, Co Galway, trained as a carpenter and worked in Castlerea, Galway and Dublin, where he met his wife Anne.
They went to live in New York in the late 'fifties where he bought and restored a house in New Jersey and managed a Lumber company in New York for many years.
Ted and Anne’s two daughters were born in America and they all moved back to Ireland in the ‘seventies to live beside his brother Walter and his wife Mary in Ballymahon.
A highly respected member of the local community, Ted was a kind and helpful neighbour to all in Creevaghbeg, he loved his garden and bee-keeping and was a perfectionist in many ways.
He was a cabinet maker and great craftsman and loved restoring old clocks. He worked for Quinn's in Longford for some time restoring and looking after snooker and pool tables.
And when he took a break from his pottering around in his workshop at his home, Ted, together with Anne, enjoyed returning to America and Canada where his daughter lives and also going on many sun holidays.
He also enjoyed going for a pint with his good friend Martin O’Connor, Ted was always a great conversationalist, it was always enjoyable to be in his company.
His funeral mass was celebrated by Fr Liam Murray in St Matthews Church where Ted would have been proud to hear his grandson Robert playing the Cello so well. The readings at the Mass were read by Ted’s brother Sean (Germany) and also his nephew Alan (Scotland).
Prayers of the Faithful were read by neighbour and a good friend Pat Lynch. His daughters Maria, who lives in Kilkenny and Karen, who lives in Canada both spoke fondly of their Dad at the end of the Mass and thanked sincerely Pat Lynch, Seamus Dooley, Rose Percival and the many neighbours who looked after Ted so well, especially over the last few months. His remains were laid to rest at Forgney cemetery. He is now reunited with Anne.
We offer our sincere sympathy to his daughters Maria and Karen, sons-in-law Brian and Greg, grandchildren Robert, Cian and Emma, sisters Kathleen, Mary and Eileen, brothers Michael and Sean, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.