Buckwaria and James Street Westport
The death occurred on October 24 last of well-known Westport butcher, John Moore, aged 78. John Moore trained as a butcher in Scott’s of Castlebar before buying his own premises on James Street at the tender age of 20 in 1959.
John then had to wait one more year until his 21st birthday before he was allowed to put his name over the shop front, which he duly did. Fast forward fifty seven years and the name John Moore, still holds pride of place on that same shop front. The Carrowholly native had a special vocation to his life’s work and he was shrewd, hardworking, organised and knowledgeable in all of his business affairs. His customers trusted and respected him immensely because he was so honest, friendly and engaging and his produce was always of the highest quality. John built up a great rapport with his clientele over the years and he would always go that extra mile to ensure that their needs were catered for. Nothing was too much trouble no matter what the circumstances. His customers loved him for it and they remained very loyal to him for well over half a century.
John married Sheila Grant in Knock Church in 1965. Sheila was the love of his life and his four children, William, Collette, Paul and John were undoubtedly his pride and joy. John Moore was a man that always had his priorities in the right order and to this end, he was first and foremost, a family man and he provided for them, and catered for all their needs, in the kindest and most generous way imaginable. John was one of the most selfless people one could ever hope to meet and this was especially true when it came to family. He put everyone else ahead of himself without expecting anything in return. He was tolerant, patient, humble, obliging and forever good humoured in all his relationships.
While John led a very public life in his professional work, he was at heart, a private man who never courted the limelight. If discretion is the better part of valour then John Moore was that man. He loved the simple pleasures in life, none more so than the sanctuary of his own kitchen at the end of a busy and productive day with a cup of tea, The Mayo News, the Nine O’Clock news on RTÉ and the companionship of his wife Sheila. He had a great interest in current affairs, farming and the fortunes of his favourite Gaelic football team, be it the black and white of Kilmeena, or the red and green of Mayo, and nothing pleased him more that a bit of banter and craic about these matters, be it over a pint in Toby’s on a Saturday night or over a cup of tea and a sandwich at the marts in Ballinrobe and Tuam.
In latter years John took great satisfaction and delight in spending quality time with his three grandchildren, Stacey, Luke and Amy. His sharp wit, generosity of spirit and finely tuned listening skills enabled him to relate really well to his grandchildren and to young people in general. John was also an extremely single minded, driven and self disciplined individual who trusted his own instincts and believed in his own ability. They say that fortune favours the brave and in this regard, John wasn’t afraid to take a risk or a leap of faith and he enjoyed plenty of good fortune as a result. He achieved greatness throughout his life but he never had any notions of grandeur. He was modest and unassuming yet so astute and aware of where his life’s journey was leading him and its purpose therein.
That journey took a turn for the worse five years ago when John was diagnosed with stomach cancer and had to undergo a major operation as a result. John’s consistent belief in the power of positivity gave him the inner strength and resilience necessary to come to terms with the magnitude of what lay in store for him. His deep faith and trust in God enabled him to find extraordinary reserves of strength and courage during this time and he carried his cross with the utmost dignity and without a hint of recrimination or bitterness. John was a model patient who complied to the instructions and wishes of his doctor, consultant and nurses without a word of complaint or criticism. His final wish in this world was to draw his last breath in his beloved Buckwaria and so it came to pass on Tuesday night, October 24, 2017 at precisely 9.30pm.
John Moore’s untimely departure from all of our lives leaves a huge void but we can console ourselves with the knowledge that he was an inspirational role model for us all. His life was a celebration of all that is good and virtuous and therein lies the greatest legacy that any human being could ever hope to leave. Well done John on a race well run and thank you for your outstanding contribution over the last seventy eight years. You are dearly loved and sorely missed so until we meet again, rest in peace.
John is deeply regretted by his loving wife Sheila (nee Grant), sons William, Paul and John, daughter Collette Gannon (Renvyle), son-in-law Paul, grandchildren Stacey, Luke and Amy, sisters Nancy Scahill (Prospect, Westport) and Nora Conneally (Chicago), brother James (Castlebar), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.