The death has occurred of Thomas (Tom) Geraghty, Kilbride, Newport. Tom was born on August 4, 1924, to John and Annie Geraghty. He was the youngest of three sons and a brother to Mary. He is predeceased by his three siblings. No stranger to hard work, it fell to Tom to stay at home in Kilbride and tend the family farm, a task he took on with great pride and energy.
Everyone who knew Tom knew him to be the most sociable of men. He was relaxed in himself, in any company old or young alike, and wherever he was, devilment and craic wouldn’t be far behind.
In the early years, Tom had his Morris Minor van in which during the week he might ferry his bonhams to the mart and on weekends he would ferry his neighbours and friends to the local dances.
He brought great warmth and joy with him wherever he went. Not only was he a proud member of the young farmers club, he was also a caretaker and member of the Kilbride Cemetery committee. He enjoyed hunting and was an active and proud member of the gun club. He was also a great supporter of the ladies darts team. In later life, he loved social dancing in Newport at the weekends. In the mid-90s, Tom decided to give himself a bit more time to enjoy life and handed over the farm and work to Padraig and Mary. At an age when most people would want to stay in, Tom, like a teenager, was always ready to hit out to Navins and the hotel in Newport. It was always with great welcome and respect that anyone sitting in the corner chair when he arrived, was willing to vacate as it was also knows as ‘Tom’s chair’.
Many a night at 2am, having already collected Joanne and Deirdre, Padraig and Mary would get a call to let them know Tom was now ready for home. Indeed at his 90th birthday party, Tom was the last man standing, making his way out of the hotel in the early hours of the morning with his helium balloon tied to his wrist! If Tom was Padraig and Mary’s 91 going on 19-year-old, he was definitely much more than a granduncle to Joanne and Deirdre. He was their friend and confidant - a source of wisdom and a custodian of secrets. They will miss him terribly. Behind it all he was a man of deep and traditional faith that sustained him throughout his life on good days and bad.
On Sunday afternoon, May 6, Tom picked himself up and took one step forward into the arms of God. We can be sure that Tom’s arrival at the pearly gates will be greeted with smiles all round as our loss is heaven’s gain. John Joe will be there to welcome him, Mary to sort him out and the chat and fun will begin with maybe a little whiskey to wet the throat.
Tom was a gentle and placid man with great nature and an even greater sense of humour. He lived his life to the full. As we gather our saddened thoughts at his passing, we are grateful for his long life and his love. He will be sadly missed by Padraig, Mary, Joanne and Deirdre, his nephews and nieces and numerous friends and neighbours. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dhilis.