The death has occurred of Jack Paas, The Follies, Gowran Road, Bennettsbridge. Jack was a native of Mastrict in South Holland but had been living in Bennettsbridge with his wife Margaret for twenty-five years.
Jack was a design engineer with the German car company Mercedes and was based in Stuttgart. The family lived in England and when Jack retired, the couple made their home in Bennettsbridge where they settled in and took an active part in all parish activities. Jack, together with his wife Margaret was a loyal member of the parish choir.
He was a man of many talents, a well-known watercolour artist whose work was much sought after in many countries. He regularly exhibited his work during Kilkenny Arts Week. Parishioners will be familiar with the Bethlehem scene in the crib in St Bennett’s Church which Jack painted. He was a keen gardener and also did some bee-keeping some years ago. He and Margaret celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary last year. Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Bennetts’s Church by Canon Patrick Duggan, PP.
The lessons were read by Jack’s son and daughter, Jake and Marie Louise. Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Luke (grandson), Robert(son-in-law), Brian and Peter Kennedy (nephews-in-law). His grandsons, Luke and William presented the water and wine. In his homily, Canon Duggan praised Jack’s fine qualities and his willingness to help out in his adopted parish. He extended sympathy to Jack’s family on behalf of the parish. Tullaherin and Bennettsbridge choirs combined to sing during the ceremony, accompanied by Mollie Cahalane. Jack’s grandson, William read one of his favourite quotations:
Never the spirit was born; the spirit shall cease to be never;
Never was time it was not;
End and Beginning are dreams!
Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the spirit for ever;
Death hath not touched it at all, dead though the house of it seems!
Jack’s son, Jake delivered the eulogy and thanked everyone for coming to pay their last respects. He is survived by his wife, Margaret. son, Jake, daughter, Marie Louise, son-in-law, Robert, daughter-in-law, Anita, grandchildren, William, Luke and Leonard and is also mourned by his sister-in-law, Mary, other relatives friends and neighbours. Interment took place in Tullaherin Cemetery.