The death has occurred suddenly at his residence, Roonagh, Louisburgh, of Mr James (Jimmy) O’Malley, a highly-regarded figure in the area.
He was aged 82 and was son of the late James and Sarah O’Malley.
A retired security officer with Securicor, Dublin, he was predeceased by his brother, Austin, and sister, Mary. The last surviving member of his family, he returned to Louisburgh for his retirement years after working for many years in Dublin.
Jimmy, as he was popularly known, is mourned by first cousins, a large circle of other cousins, O’Malleys, Tiernans, Berrys, neighbours and many friends.
Following repose at Sweeney’s Funeral Home in Louisburgh, removal took place to St Patrick’s Church, Louisburgh, where Fr Michael Darcy officiated at the reception ceremony.
The concelebrants of Jimmy’s Funeral Mass were Fr Michael Darcy, Fr Leo Morahan and Fr Paddy Gill. The readings at the Mass were given by John Tiernan and Ann O’Toole. The prayers of the faithful were read by Michael Patrick O’Malley and Mary Carroll and the gifts of bread and wine were brought to the altar by Declan O’Malley and Niamh Quinn.
In his homily, Fr Darcy spoke of the shock felt by cousins, neighbours and friends at Jimmy’s sudden passing. The sadness felt by so many reflected the great esteem and affection in which he was held by all who knew him.
Fr Darcy extended sympathy to all who had been bereaved by Jimmy’s passing.
In a post-communion reflection, Tracy O’Toole, a neighbour of Jimmy’s, described him as an excellent neighbour and friend.
“He was viewed by many as a father figure, always willing to give advice and a helping hand to those who needed it along life’s pathway. He was a gentleman in every way and that is how we will fondly remember him. We who had the pleasure of knowing him wish him the light of Heaven.”
Jimmy was laid to rest in Killeen Cemetery. Peace to his gentle and caring soul.