THE death took place on April 28 in the kind care of the staff at Hollymount Nursing Home of Paddy Fleming, Stripe, Milltown. He was 84.
Paddy was a well known and highly regarded member of the local community in the Irishtown and Milltown region. He married Breege Flynn from Grange, Granlahan, and they raised a family of three, daughter Alice and sons Conor and Michael.
Farming was the way of life for the family. Paddy was a big and strong man who worked many a long day in the fields. He raised cattle and sheep over the years and had a fine regard and respect for the land and the environment.
Paddy and the family worked the bog in early summer and memories of those times are now cherished in a special way. He was also a great man to lend a helping hand to his neighbours.
One of his closest neighbours was Paddy McManus in Conagher. There was an enduring friendship between the two families and it is sad to reflect on the fact that just a few months separated them on the journey of life. Paddy McManus died at the end of June gone by at the age of 92.
Paddy Fleming had many friends in the Irishtown area where he always went until he got married 44 years ago and went to his parish church in Milltown thereafter. He was also a close friend of Fr JJ Cribbin, PP, Milltown, and former Mayo senior footballer.
Paddy and Breege loved traditional and country music and enjoyed many great nights in Bourke’s of Irishtown in former times.
He took a keen interest in the fortunes of the Galway and Mayo teams all through the years.
He was an avid reader of the local newspapers, especially The Tuam Herald, and, over the last decade, The Mayo News, both of which he read faithfully every week.
Along with Breege and the family, he was an ardent listener to Mid West Radio and had a special fondness for the Wednesday and Sunday night Late Shows.
Reposing was at Glynn’s Funeral Home, Tuam, on Tuesday evening and followed by removal to his home. Fr JJ Cribbin, who was joined by Fr John D Flannery, presided at the Funeral Mass in St Joseph’s Church, Milltown, on Wednesday and delivered a lovely and inspirational homily in memory of his good friend. This was followed by burial in Irishtown Cemetery.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Breege and their family, Conor, Alice and Michael, daughter-in-law Edyta, grandchildren Zachary and Grace, sister Maureen (Mullins), nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.