Claddy, Liscarney, Westport
Seán Gavin of Claddy, Liscarney, Westport died on March 29, 2018. June 6, 1944, was a Tuesday. It was a hugely important day in world history. That date was D-Day. It was also the day a boy was born in Claddy, Liscarney to Bridget and Paddy Gavin. If the rest of mankind had the generosity of spirit, the wisdom, work-ethic and kindness that the boy developed in later life, there would have been no reason for us to remember D-Day.
Seán Gavin was the youngest and only son in the family. He had four older sisters. From a very early age he showed signs of a brilliant mind. He worked in the building trade, was a farmer, and inventor in his own right, a wonderful husband to Josie, a gifted man in so many ways, the best neighbour anybody could ever wish for … and everything was done to perfection.
Seán had a great love of the land. He managed over his lifetime, to reclaim rough, barren fields into green, lush ground that would not look out of place on the ‘Plains of Meath’. Together with his beloved Drott and JCB and with his brother-in-law, the recently deceased, Frank Baynes, sourcing parts for him, he managed the impossible and the pristine fields and perfect stone walls in Claddy are a testament to the extraordinary man that was Seán Gavin. Everybody that knew Seán had his phone number. A broken lock, a disobedient dog, a ewe or cow in a difficult birth, a leaking pipe etc etc. Seán was always available, always willing with his renowned good humour, to come to their assistance. No job was ever too small or too big for him, but it had to be done properly.
No short cuts were allowed and sometimes it required starting from scratch again. He had a massive respect for any new inventions that made life easier either in the home or on the farm. Unknown to the rest of the world, he invented many bits and pieces that were always of a higher spec than the originals.
Seán will be remembered for his great care of both man and beast. Very few farmers in the locality haven’t at some time or other called on Seán’s help, especially in Spring-time. Anybody that had the privilege of witnessing Seán at work will never forget his patience and skill.
Seán was renowned for attending funerals out of sheer respect for the person that had passed away. Like everything else he did in life, he never sought or expected gratitude. He was an outstanding Christian and an example to the many young people that were fortunate enough to know him. Seán enjoyed the Sunday night pint in the local, the regular trips to the car-boot sales, the Tuesday night Glór Tíre on TG4 and those that knew him well always cherish the vast collection of ‘one-liners’ he has left us. Seán was married to Josie (nee Boyle) for over 50 years. They were a unique couple. They were totally devoted to each other. Seán and Josie loved each other dearly and never hid that affection. That was evident over so many years. Seán was pre-deceased by his parents, by his sisters Annie McCabe and Mary Baynes, and his brother-in-law, his great friend Frank Baynes. Almost four years ago Seán became unwell. Like everything else in his life, he accepted his illness with remarkable bravery. Seán died on Holy Thursday, March 29. We have lost a great man. Our tears and goodwill we extend to his beloved Josie and the extended family. Seán is deeply mourned by his wife Josie, his sisters Kathleen Cassidy and Bernie McGuire. May he rest in peace.