The Quay, Westport
He was aged 54 and was son of the late Eddie and Sarah Staunton and brother of the late Tom, Pat and Ger Staunton.
Joe was an employee of CIE in Westport before moving to London where he worked for 17 years. Almost ten years ago he returned to his native Westport to take up residence in the old family home.
He will be sadly missed by his brothers Eamonn, Seán and Laurence (all Westport), aunt Sr Margaret Mary Higgins, Sisters of Mercy, Belmont, North Carolina, who is in her 102nd year, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives, neighbours and loyal friends.
Following repose at the home of his brother Laurence, removal took place to Navin’s Funeral Home and from there to St Mary’s Church, Westport where Fr Denis Carney officiated, with Fr Gerard Burns (cousin), Fr Francis Mitchell and Fr Micheál Mac Gréil also present. The hearse was flanked by a Guard of Honour of Joe’s many friends.
The concelebrants of his Funeral Mass were Fr Gerard Burns, Fr Denis Carney, Fr Vincent Kelly, Canon Tadhg Ó Móráin and An tAthair Pádraig Ó Máille.
Family members and special friends participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful, and in the bringing of the offertory gifts of bread and wine to the altar.
In his homily Fr Burns offered his sympathy to Joe’s family. He said Joe had no interest in material possessions - his riches lay in his family and friends. ‘Joe always had time for people and took a great interest in them, but not in any prying way. He loved Westport and in particular the Quay and its people’ said Fr Burns.
A post-communion tribute to Joe was given by his niece Karen. St Mary’s Church Choir was under the direction of Organist Gabriel Kelly. As his coffin was taken from the church Joe’s friend, Willie Kelly, sang his favourite song ‘You’re my best friend’.
Joe was laid to rest with his parents and brother Ger in the family plot in Aughavale Cemetery.
Peace to his gentle soul.