Rosehill, Liscarney, Westport and formerly of the Paddock Westport
The death took place of Paddy Browne suddenly at his home on June 2, 2018.
Paddy was born in Harrow, London on June 8, 1949, the second eldest of the late William (Bill) and Ita Browne. His formative years were spent attending schools in both Harrow and Westport and, similarly in his working life, he started in Westport in the old Thread Factory Dyehouse before returning to Harrow to work in Kodak. He would often recount happy memories of fun and camaraderie whilst working in the “Dyehouse”, so too did he recount happy memories of holidays spent back in the west of Ireland after he had returned to England. It was on one such holiday to Westport and a trip to the Galway races that he met the love of his life Bridget who hailed from Maree, Oranmore, Co Galway.
They were married and started life back in Harrow, however with the birth of their son they concluded that home in Ireland was the place to raise a family and with that they returned to Westport where followed the birth of three more healthy children to complete the family.
In 1983, Paddy started a business supplying boxes and general packaging to local companies. It was a steep learning curve especially against the backdrop of the recession of the Eighties, but he persevered to make a successful venture which continued until it was eventually sold upon his retirement in 2017.
In 1996 Paddy suffered a life changing car accident which resulted among other injuries the loss of his right leg. It was an extremely challenging time but with the help and support of family, local friends and the community he was able to walk again and return to working in his business.
Paddy was a quiet and reserved man and enjoyed close friendships. To his friends he was extremely loyal and caring. He was also a man of good fun and wit and enjoyed nothing more than entertaining his friends when together. His primary loyalty however was his family to whom he was a devoted and loving father and husband. In more recent times he loved to see his grandchildren visit. They brought him immense joy in his later years.
Paddy loved all sports but especially football, athletics and cycling. He was a lifelong Liverpool supporter and many happy family trips were spent making the journey to Anfield to cheer on the team. He loved nature too and whether it was bird watching from the family home over Moher Lake, or trips down through Connemara, he loved the quiet pleasure of it all.
Because of his own deteriorating health following his accident, Paddy was a member and worked closely with many support groups including COPD and disability related groups. He liked to contribute, whether it be getting better facilities for the disabled or just being part of a group to share experiences.
He will be sadly missed by all he knew, and especially his wife Bridget, daughter Ita, sons Gerry, Billy and Patrick.
Paddy was pre-deceased by his father Bill, and his Mother Ita. He is survived by his wife Bridget, daughter Ita, sons Gerry, Billy and Patrick, granddaughters, Laura and Emily, brothers Eddie (Westport), William (France), sister Margaret (Tipperary) and all extended members of the Browne and Melville families.
May his kind and gentle soul rest in peace.