Anthony (Tony) Fitzpatrick passed away in Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH) recently, aged 54 years. It came after a very short illness of days, rather than months. The entire countryside of South Kilkenny, which was an area, that was most near and dear to him was tunned by the news of his passing. Tony was from a large family and the third youngest born to his parents, Paddy (Pa) Fitzpatrick and his mother Ellen Anderson; they both came from strong old and respected Mullinavat and Lukeswell families.
Tony could be described as a ‘class act’ He Mastered the craft of glass cutting at a very early age at the old Waterford glass complex in Kilbarry, he done it for a considerable part of his life and there he was cherished for his work, his witty disposition and his laughter, which was a rare commodity in a factory setting as huge as what the ‘glass’ at that time was.Tony also excelled at Poetry, a trait of his late mother and the Anderson family, he put together great verse and at times was know to sing a song or two, some of a new type, others of the old refrain and this was coming from a relatively young man, so he cherished out history, our traditions and culture and above all family life. But it ws as a husband and father that Tony really excelled, He married Sandra Reidy from Waterford city, Sandra was his idol, he cherished her and made life easy going and was soon surrounded by a house of four young girls, their daughters, Each of them was his love and he saw them get the highest of education and attain equally high standards that saw Amy and Susan enter the teaching and nursing profession. Elaine is still studying at UCC He adored them and their ‘Tony’ as he always kept young, following them on their sporting life and joining them for social gatherings of which they were many as well.
We spoke very shortly prior to his sudden illness, he was on top of the world, and he had started making garden furniture, a trait no doubt learned from his great and happy years in the company of Tom Frisby’s Furniture Company where he spent many a happy day. He was happy as he had his brother Paddy home from hospital and was looking forward against to the long days when he would be out and about with him, they lived nearly together, and side-by-side were their homes and happy and comfortable ones they were also. His youngest Sarah was in finishing years at secondary school and was busy getting the sticks cut for the winter ahead; he had many interests, a lot for a relatively young man. Tony loved the company of young and old. He told great stories and could with his brilliant mind retrace and retrack times from the past, Fr Liam in his homily in a packed and overflowing St. Beacons Church painted a lovely picture of Tony to the congregation which had come from far and wide to bade him farewell. ‘He was happy with his lot, he loved and enjoyed his family and the company of his friends and neighbours, he did not reach for the stars, he was a great family person that cherished the small things in life’ and as his daughter Susan Paid her dad a tribute that touched us all, one of Tony’s favourite songs a Christy Moore one at that ‘An Ordinary Man’ sung in fine voice by Stephen Murphy, that Tony himself would be proud of filled the church, one could sound the genuine sadness that filled the air. Fr Barron been joined by Fr O Toole and Carmelite Friar Fr Lar Lynch and Fr. Dermody lead the mourners out into the cemetery…Good By Tony, you were one hell of a person to know, that made us laugh with your smile and kindness of words that made you a ‘class act’. Sandra and the girls would like to thank everyone during the two day wake in Red Acres, it was touching to see the vast organisation that swung into operation, so that traffic and house keeping allowed mourners to pay their respect with dignity and respect.
Sympathy to Sandra his wife and best friend, his loving and caring daughters Amy, Susan, Elaine and Sarah, his brothers and sisters, Paddy and Sean (and The Late Nicky and Dick) Sisters: Lesie, Kitty, Breda, May, Eily, Peggy, Esther, Theresa and Ann Tony’s mother in law Mrs Terry Reidy, and his brothers and sisters in law, relatives friends and neighbours on the loss of Anthony ‘Tony’ Fitzpatrick, B, 1958, died surrounded by his family and close friends at WRH on the 3rd Nov 2012. Ni Bheidh a leididh Ann arís. Solas na Bhflaitheas dá anam……….(S.M)