The late Pat Peters, Dungarvan, Kilkenny who died recently was a wonderful man who carried out Trojan work in the many and varied jobs he had during an extremely active life punctuated by his desire to help others. He passed away suddenly in St James’s hospital, Dublin at just 59 years of age.
His family and the community around Dungarvan were numbed by his death. He ran the family pub in the village for a number of years after his parents, Matt and Mary went to their eternal reward. For the last number of years he worked in the Good Shepherd Centre in Kilkenny city, carrying out maintenance work where he was kindness personified and very popular with staff and residents. Earlier in his career, he worked for Mahon & McPhillips, D Walsh and Sons (Grassland Fertilisers) and John J Ronayne.
His family were his life and the death of his son Patrick in 2010 had a deep impact on him, his wife Eileen and the family. He was an enthusiastic pitch and putt player and a regular on Gowran pitch and putt course. He followed the fortunes of the Kilkenny hurlers and played soccer in his younger days with East End United.
The main celebrants at his funeral Mass at the church of St. Michael & St. David, Dungarvan were Fr Pat Dalton and Fr Peter Hoyne. He was laid to rest afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
He is survived by his heartbroken wife, Eileen; children, Francis, Linda, Ann Marie and Emma; daughter-in-law Michelle; grandchildren, Mary, Dara and Ciaran. He also leaves behind his brothers: Matt and John, Kilkenny; sisters Nettie, Dublin; Josie, Waterford; Patsy, Waterford and Bernie, London,. He was predeceased by his brother Shem (Jim), London. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and a large circle of friends.