Paulstown parish came to terms with the loss of one of its most dedicated sons, Jimmy Staunton, Ballygorteen, on September 10.
The popular Paulstown native had succumbed to a short but serious illness, surrounded by his family and friends. He had borne his illness with great fortitude and bravery, and with the help of his family he was able to remain in his own home eight up to the end.
Even though he had a relatively short life by modern standards, it was a life he lived to the full. He was involved with farming all his life and developed a great love of animals and nature. He was a man who worked hard to provide for his wife and family.
Jimmy was full of the joys of life. He was a word for everyone and was known and well liked the length and breadth of the country and indeed further afield. He also had a passion for dancing. Mary and he were to be seen regularly in The Longman, Carrolls, Springhill or Larkins.
Jimmy was a great follower of the GAA and a lifelong member of Barrow Rangers Club. He was a shrewd judge of a player and his performance. He would have been considered a useful player. He served as a selector and/or coach for teams in all grades. He had a link with all three junior hurling championship successes in 1982, 1988 and 1990, being in charge of hurleys on each occasion and also as a selector in 1990. He was interested in the promotion on football, particularly at under age. He was also a keen and loyal follower of the black and amber.
He was a great community and voluntary worker both in the parish and in Nowlan Park, where he could always be depended on to help when the occasion demanded. He could be seen regularly in The Angle helping with car parking.
The esteem in which he was held was clearly in evidence by the massive crowds that attended his wake at his home, removal and burial. A guard of honour was provided both days by members of the Barrow Rangers GAA Club.
His wife, Mary, sons JJ and David, and daughter Catherine will miss him so much, as will his extended family and friends. He was one of those can-do characters, impossible to replace.
Ní beidh a leithéid ann aris.