He was born to Martha and James Foy, on February 10, 1935 at Spencer Street, Castlebar. Later the family moved to 111 McHale Road. Billy served his time at Lavelle’s Bakery, Castlebar. He met his wife Ann in Westport in 1956 and later that year emigrated to England where he worked for London Transport. They married in February 1958 and returned to Castlebar in 1960 where Billy took up employment at St Mary’s Hospital as a baker. In 1965 he joined Mayo Fire Service as part-time fireman. In 1986 the bakery closed in St Mary’s and he was given the position of ambulance driver for the day hospital at the Sacred Heart Home until he retired in 2000.
Billy loved fishing, he loved nothing more than a day out on Clew Bay followed by a few pints in Inishturk. He also had a love for the horses where he would meet up with his buddies on a Saturday afternoon in Paddy Moran’s where they would discuss the race programme and place their bets.
Billy was a dedicated husband, a wonderful father and grandfather. He always looked forward to the family visiting and loved to be able to help out whenever possible. Billy loved to travel and during his life he visited Spain, Lourdes, New York, Boston and was also very fond of the Irish coastline which he visited regularly at different places.
Following a short illness Billy passed away peacefully in the early hours of Monday, December 17 with his loving wife and family by his side. His removal was on Wednesday, December 19 from his home to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar for Requiem Mass at 12 o’clock which was concelebrated by Fr John Cormack, SMA, Fr Michel Nohilly, Fr Frank Nally and Fr Charlie McDonnell. His grandchilden brought gifts to the altar and the bread and wine were brought up by his daughters Ruby and Jean. His brother Joe and grandaughter Ciara did the readings while his daughter Martha read a reflection on his life. His son Michael paid tribute to his dad before Billy was laid to rest in the New Cemetery, Castlebar.
The Foy home will never be the same without Billy who is missed by his loving wife Anne, sons Michael, Liam and John, daughters Ruby, Martha and Jean, sister Mary Livingstone, brothers John, Jimmy,Joe and Dermot, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, sisters-in-law, newphews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May his kind and gentle soul rest in peace.