Late of Mill Street/Clós an Tobair, Westport
Seán was born on Peter Street, Westport to Thomas and Nonie Staunton on March 6, 1952. The family moved to Mill Street in 1957. Seán was sixth in a family of seven boys and two girls.
Seán grew up in a house full of history, his late uncle Michael Staunton fought in the War of Independence and the Civil War. Seán was a very proud Fianna Fáil man, however, he never forgot the local man/woman at times of election, irrespective of politics.
Growing up he was a keen footballer – he took part in all the local leagues in Westport. He liked nothing more than going to the gym every week and going to Dublin on a day’s outing. Seán was a quiet man in ways but loved meeting his old friends and talking about movies and politics. He could talk on any subject. He was honourable and loyal as his family will testify to.
A popular character about the town, and evidence of this was clearly seen in the large crowds that gathered to pay their respects on the Friday evening at Navin’s Funeral Home.
Fr Charlie McDonnell celebrated Seán’s Funeral Mass in St Mary’s Church, Westport, a beautiful Mass enhanced by lovely singing and music. Symbols were brought to the altar by his two grandnieces, Layla and Bethany Staunton. The bread and wine were brought up by his sisters Jo and Margaret. Readings and Prayers of the Faithful were read by his niece and nephews and friend Peter Foley. A guard of honour formed by his colleagues from Tesco escorted Seán’s funeral cortege up the town. Seán was brought to Aughagower Cemetery where Fr Mícheál Mac Gréil presided over the burial.
Seán will be forever missed by all this family.
This following is a eulogy penned by his nephew
The battle that Seánie faced in the last 11 weeks was not the first battle he faced in his life. On Tuesday, June 10, 1997 Seánie had his last ever drink of alcohol, an achievement of which he was very proud, as were his family and friends. Seánie showed those same battling qualities for the last eleven weeks and with a smile on his face did all he was asked and more and this determination saw him make great strides and allowed us to enjoy six or more weeks of story telling, craic and a lot of movie talk! Unfortunately Seánie had another setback which meant it was a battle he was destined not to win.
I’d like to leave ye all with a picture of what Seánie is at right now in my head, sitting with his Mam and Dad, Seánie drinking a coke while Nanny has a glass of Guinness and Grandad a large whiskey, smiles on their faces. Seánie’s next mission is to trace down a few more greats, Alan Ladd, James Stewart and Clarke Gable! Watch because ye are about to meet a legend who knows more about ye than ye know about yourselves!
We will never forget ya Seánie and until we all meet again some day. Till then, be happy.
Love ya Uncle Seánie xx