The late Trevor Minogue, Kilkenny city and Thomastown
Trevor Minogue late of Nore Terrace, Maudlin Street, Kilkenny and previously of Newtown Terrace, Thomastown has passed away. He died peacefully at St James’s Hospital, Dublin on December 29 surrounded by his family and friends following a very short illness.
The much loved 47-year-old is survived by his heartbroken family; mother Ann; sister Tanya; brother Clive; nephews Stephen Jack and Sam; nieces Lorna and Sophie; brother in law Michael and extended family.
Trevor was predeceased by his ad Gerry Minogue who passed away in April of last year.
Born prematurely in Waterford University Hospital on August 30, 1970, he was a fighter from the very beginning, he had to be.
He grew up in Newtown Terrace, Thomastown where he attended primary and secondary school.
After secondary school Trevor decided to become a chef.
He was devoted to his profession and worked as a chef all his life after completing his training at 18-years-of-age in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).
He went on to work for a few years in Galway after he qualified before taking up a job in Langton's on John Street, Kilkenny where he spent most of his working life or as he called it; his second family as he met so many good friends in his years working there.
Trevor was a kind hearted, generous, no nonsense person and just like his late dad before him, would do anything for his family and friends.
He lived a simple life - worked hard and enjoyed a pint of Guinness or two in his favorite pub Biddy Early’s on John Street where he met more good friends.
He was an absolute mad Liverpool fan and enjoyed a trip every so often to Anfield.
His family were hoping to get him one last trip to the club he loved but unfortunately that was not to be.
He took his diagnosis of terminal cancer in his stride where as his family and friends could not accept it.
He did and did so with dignity, never complaining even once from the time of his diagnosis to the short month later, when he died.
Trevor came home for one last time to his childhood home in Newtown Terrace on Saturday, December 30 where he was waked on Sunday evening, New Year’s Eve followed by requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Dan Bollard on New Year's Day with burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Thomastown.
As Trevor was brought to the church on New Year's Day it was lovely for his family to look up and see the staff of Langton’s, old and new, doing the guard of honour outside the church.
At the beginning of Mass his brother Clive said a few words about his life and his love of Liverpool.
Thomastown folk choir sang beautifully and Ben Hynes gave a beautiful version of Kodaline’s Brother which brought tears to the eyes of many in the large congregation that had gathered to say a last goodbye to Trevor.
Gifts that were offered up to represent Trevor’s interests and life.
They were a picture of Anfield soccer ground depicting his love of Liverpool; a book for his love of reading; a chef’s jacket for his love of his job and cooking and finally, a trophy for running which he won in his younger years and represented the many medals and trophies he won in athletics especially for sprinting.
These gifts were offered up by his nieces Lorna and Sophie and by his nephew Jack.
Reading were by his cousins Deirdre and Eleanor Butler.
The prayers of the faithful were read by his aunts Mary Butler And Maura Minogue, Pat and Marian Doyle and his close friends Colette Wilson, Mary O'Grady and Helen Larkin.
At the end of Mass his sister Tanya said a few words about Trevor and what he meant to her and everyone.
As he was being brought to his final resting place his friends from Jerpoint Forest, a former soccer team, did a guard of honour by his hearse to the cemetery.
His coffin was carried by his brother Clive; nephew Stephen; brother-in-law Michael; cousins Brian and Vinny and his good friend John.
At his graveside Tomas Jackman, Eugene Dewberry and Paddy O’Dwyer did a brilliant rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone while his friends held Liverpool scarves in the air.
His sister tanya said, he would have absolutely loved that he got two Manchester United fans to sing the Liverpool anthem which brought many tears to the large congregation gathered by the family plot.
His family thanked everyone who came to the house and to Trevor's funeral especially thanking Trevor's friends Colette, Mary, Helen, John, Valerie, Pat and Marian who stayed with Trevor and his family all night during Trevor’s final hours.
Trevor will be very sadly missed by his heartbroken family relations and his wide circle of friends.May Trevor rest in peace and You'll Never Walk Alone.
Trevor's month's Mind Mass will be held on saturday in Thomastown parish church at 7pm.