In former times, John worked on the farms in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It was a big tradition in those days for hundreds of young Irish people, especially from Mayo and the West of Ireland, to head across the Irish Sea for the seasonal work on the major farms. John did this kind of seasonal work for the best part of 20 years and became very familiar with many places in that region of England, especially in the general Hull area.
A man of the land, he worked hard during his life and had a great love for the soil and the environment. He enjoyed meeting friends from the farming fraternity at the marts and at the fair days in olden times.
John, who was 82, was very highly thought of throughout the community and was an outstanding neighbour and friend. He was a man of the most noble virtues whose good deeds were many and whose wisdom was cherished by all who knew him.
Blessed with a strong and abiding faith, John was a devoted Catholic who attended church every week. He was also a regular at the novenas and prayer sessions in Aghamore Church down through the years and was steadfast in his loyalty to the faith handed down through the generations.
Removal took place from Donnellan’s Funeral Home to St Joseph’s Church, Aghamore with burial in the local cemetery following Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr John Walsh.
He is survived by his sons Gerard, Joe and Sean, daughter Mary, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sisters, relatives, neighbours and friends.