Kinnadoohy, Killadoon, Louisburgh
There was great sadness in the Killeen, Louisburgh and surrounding area when news spread of the passing of ‘young John’ as he was affectionately known to his family and friends.
Son of the late John Austin, John passed away peacefully at M.U.H on August 6, 2019.
John achieved a lot in his fifty years and lived life to the full. After spending some time working on the sites in London, Brighton and across England, John returned home to Kinnadoohy. Louisburgh Case Company was his next place of work. He was diligent, hard working and got on with the job in hand, but as his boss and good friend, the late Anthony O’Toole (RIP) used to say, there was always a bit of fun and devilment when young John was around.
At home in Kinnadoohy, a day in the bog or a day turning sheep was no problem to John. He loved animals especially his dogs that never left his side. As for his family, John was always there to help and support in good times and sad. His family were important to him, that special bond will always remain.
The last ten years of his life he shared with his partner, Ann-Marie in Carrowmore. They were a very united couple, always out and about together as John loved to meet and greet new people and welcome them to ‘God’s Pocket’. John was a very popular, loved man by his many friends, any friend of John’s was a friend for life. John had a great passion for music and song, it was at the request of his family that one of his favourite bands ‘Hurricane Highway’ sang ‘Grace’ as he was laid to rest in Killeen cemetery.
John will be sadly missed by his loving mother Julia, sisters Rosemary, Nora, Ann, Tina and Alice, brother James, aunts Criss, Bridgie and Sylvia, uncle-in-law John, sister-in-law Allison, brothers-in-law Gerry and Mike, nieces, nephews, cousins, partner Ann-Marie, Alan and a wide circle of friends. May his gentle soul have peaceful rest.
‘Ar dheis dé go raibh anam uasal’.
The brightest star that will shine tonight, our brother John,
Our hearts are broken beyond repair, how will we go on.
His smile, his charm, his witty ways, he was loved by everyone,
The sweetest man you could ever meet, with the biggest heart of gold.
He would do anything for his family, his love for his animals was untold,
He loved the craic, to have a dance, to sing a song and tell a joke.
He was passionate about his darts, many trophies he did hold,
Life will never be the same again without you John,
But we will just have to try and go on.
Thank you for all the wonderful memories you have given us all,
And when we think of your cheeky grin, it will make us smile again,
Now fly high sweetheart and get some rest,
Dad is waiting for you up there, God only takes the best.
Heaven sure has gained an Angel tonight,
Sleep tight, until we see your beautiful face again.
- Love you forever, your sister Alice xxxxx
I’d like the memory of you to be a happy one,
I’d like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo, whispering softly down the ways, of happy
times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun,
And keep the happy memories that I leave when life is done.