IT is with profound sadness and a sense of loss that we record the passing of Michael Deady, Ballinlough, Carrigeen which occurred on Thursday September 8th at Waterford Regional hospital. He was in his 86th year.
Michael was born and reared in Carrigeen, son of the late Michael and Anastasia Deady and brother of the late James, John, Patrick and Joseph.
He was a great husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather and he devoted his life to his wife Anastasia and his family. He enjoyed the simple things in life, one of his greatest pleasures would be a good chat, with the neighbours when he was out walking with his two dogs Timmy and Tiny. He was extremely popular with his workmates at Clover Meats in which he worked for 33 years. On his retirement he took his wife and late brother Joseph on a well deserved, round-the-world trip and a holiday in Australia, United States of America and Canada. This was the highlight of his life.
The deceased’s health was challenged for many years, but as one would say, he fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. He enjoyed good health until he was struck by illness in 1999. This meant a whole change of life for him, which he accepted and never once complained when he was confined to a wheelchair. He got much delight in being wheeled up and down the road admiring things of nature and changes in the local area. Michael always had a great love for animals and wildlife in general, which attributed to his former school teacher the late Mr. Purcell. He knew every tree name and the way the wind was blowing. He could also give a good weather forecast as good as any weather forecaster.
The late Michael was a man of hope and his deep faith was an important factor of his life. He loved attending the mass and the sacraments. When he was unable to go to mass he used to tune into to the radio and listen to Mass being broadcast from Mooncoin parish Church. He eagerly looked forward to the first Friday’s and a visit from Fr. Peter Muldowney P.P. Mooncoin Maureen Kearns, and the Presentation sisters and his daughter Anne Walsh who administered holy communion every week.
He was cared for by all of his family, especially his wife and daughter Anne who looked after his daily needs at home and in hospital. He had a wide circle of friends, testimony to which was very evident in the visitors he received during his illness and by the large number of people who came to pay their last respects as his remains lay in repose at his daughter’s Anne’s residence. The rosary was recited by Fr. Peter Muldowney on Friday and on Saturday evening by his sister Sr. Mary in the presence of his loving family, friends and neighbours. The family walked the short journey from his daughters residence to St. Kevin’s Church, Carrigeen, Mooncoin where his remains were received by Rev. Fr. P. Muldowney. Requiem mass was celebrated by Fr. P. Muldowney with Rev. Fr. L. Barron P.P. Mullinavat on Sunday at noon in the presence of a packed congregation. The lessons were read by his sister Sr. Mary and his daughter Anne. Prayers of the faithful remembered with gratitude all the doctors, nurses, carers and staff of Waterford Regional Hospital who were all so good to Michael during his many admissions there in later years. They were shared by his grandchildren Sarah and Rebecca Twoomey, Joanne Kelly, Gemma, Sonya and Lorraine Finn and Michael Deady.
Symbols of Michael’s life including rosary beads, a clock, radio, mobile phone and a photograph of himself and his wife who would have been celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary next March, were carried to the altar by his sons-in-law Noel, David and Joe, his daughter-in-law Ann and his son Tommy. At the offertory procession the bread and wine were presented on the altar by his daughters Anne and Patricia. A commentary on the significance of Michael’s life was given by his granddaughter Sarah. During the Mass suitable hymns were sung by Tom Jones and the Carrigeen Choir. His grandson Michael spoke on behalf of all of the grandchildren to the granddad they had known and loved and the memories he leaves behind. His daughter Anne gave a eulogy on the life and times of her father on behalf of the family, who gave his life for the love of his family. He will be dearly missed, but his words to the family would now be” get up and get on with it”.
As a husband, father, brother, grand father and great grandfather he will be impossible to replace and the only consolation to those that loved him is to know that he will surely be keeping an eye on his family from heaven.
Following the graveside prayers The Rose of Mooncoin was sung by Tom Jones and the Choir.
Sincere sympathy is extended to his bereaved wife Anastasia, Ballinlough, his sister Sr. Mary Deady, Convent of Mercy, Greenhill, Carrick on Suir, sons, Michael and Tommy, daughter’s Anne Walsh, Brigid Finn, Mary Twomey, and Patricia Kelly, sons in law Noel Walsh, David Twomey, and Joe Kelly, grandchildren and great grandchildren, extended family many relatives and friends.
The funeral arrangements were by Powers Ferrybank. The month’s mind mass will be celebrated on the first Friday October 7th in St. Kevin’s Church, Carrigeen at 8pm.
Dad it is only now that you are gone that we truly realise what we have lost, your generosity, guidance and the love for which you sought nothing in return, and that is what made you such a special Dad in all our lives.
Hold on to what is good, even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe, even it is a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do, even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life, even when it is easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.
The family of the late Micheal Deady