For Brod, farming was his way of life. He grew up in the era before modern technology and worked many a long hard day with the horse and plough. He tilled and cultivated many fields in Coolmeen, Summerhill, Portagh and Mayo Parks. Later he moved with the times and purchased his first tractor (a Ferguson 35) in the 1960s, which he was very proud of. He was a great judge of livestock and made many a bargain at the fairs in Balla, Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Kiltimagh. Later he was a regular at the local marts and his weekly trips to Ballinrobe and Balla marts were part of his social outings. He enjoyed his days at the marts whether he was buying or selling or just having a look. He was one of the founding committee members of Balla Co-Op Mart and Western Farming Co-Op.
He had a keen interest in cards, especially the game of 25, and for years he attended games in Ballyglass, Clogher, Balla and Manulla. He made many loyal friends through the game of 25 and they remained loyal to him throughout his illness, visiting him regularly both at home and in hospital. In fact, they organised a 25 game for him in his home shortly before he passed away, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
He was a member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association and held a gold Pioneer pin. Members of the Association formed a guard of honour as his remains were taken to the church and his coffin was draped with the Pioneer flag.
In keeping with tradition, his wake was held at the family home, with removal from his residence to the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace and Saint Gerald, Mayo Abbey. He was received into the church by Rev Fr Austin Fergus, PP, Mayo Abbey, and Rev Fr Denis Carney, Westport. Brod’s funeral Mass was concelebrated with chief celebrant, Fr Austin Fergus, PP, assisted by Fr Fergal Cunnane, CC, Castlebar (a relative) and Fr Pat Donnellan, PP, Islandeady. Burial took place in Mayo Abbey Cemetery.
Brod is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sons, John, Coolmeen, Mayo Abbey; Michael, Newbrook, Claremorris; daughters, Anne, Galway; and Catherine, Islandeady; daughter-in-law, Monica; son-in-law, Gerry; 17 grandchildren; sister, Nancy McNamara, Westport; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbours, relatives and friends.
May he rest in peace.