Peter was 84 years of age and was a well-known and respected member of the Irish community in Coventry where he had lived and worked for many years. Peter left Ireland at an early age to work in England and after some time there he decided to go to New Zealand and from there to Australia. He eventually returned to live and work in Coventry.
Peter was a regular visitor to his native Mayo. He returned home every year to visit his family members in Derrymore and his sisters in Sligo and Cregganroe. He enjoyed and looked forward to those visits very much. Peter had a great interest in farming and loved to see what was happening at home. He also loved to get visits from family members from Ireland and made everyone so welcome at his home in Coventry. For the past few years Peter’s health had declined and he had to go into nursing care. During that time he was visited and cared for by his nephew Paul and Paul’s wife Barbara.
Peter’s removal took place on November 26, to St Osborg’s Church, Coventry and Mass was celebrated there on November 27, for the repose of his soul and was attended by a large crowd on both occasions. Peter’s remains were then brought home to Ireland for burial fulfilling his wish to be buried with his parents in Drummin Cemetery. Peter’s funeral Mass took place on November 30, in Drummin Church.
Peter is mourned by his sisters Winnie Hastings (Cregganroe), Mary McManus (Sligo), Catherine O’Grady (Gurteen), nephews Paddy Kerrigan (Bohea, Liscarney), John Hastings (Southport), Patrick Hastings (Derrymore), Michael Hastings (London), Michael, Padraig, John and Timothy Hastings (Cregganroe), Pat and Paul McManus (Sligo), nieces Ann Hastings (Derrymore), Breege Bourke, Mary Lavelle and Mary O’Brien (Westport), Mary Bonar (Durless), Kathy Needham (Carleen), Bernie Gibbons and Breege Gibbons (Cregganroe), Peggy Flannery (Castlebar), Penny Devaney (Manulla), Jackie Dwyer (Gurteen), Julia Kerrigan (Canada), Maresa Zamanian (USA), Phil McMahon (Tuam), cousins, neighbours and many friends. May his gentle soul rest in peace.