Lanmore, Liscarney, Westport
There was whispered sadness and shock in Lanmore and Aughagower areas of Westport when news filtered through of the sudden passing of John Malone on August 22, 2019. John grew up in Ballygolman, Aughagower. Son of the late Mark Malone and Maureen Malone, John had three brothers, William, Mark and Patrick and two sisters, Mona and Nora.
From a very young age, John always had a keen interest in art, he received an art set from Santa when he was four years old and from then on, his artist skills excelled.
John’s models and paintings can be found in many homes and businesses throughout the region and further afield. Some of John’s talented work was on display at his funeral in Aughagower Community Centre, where a particular piece, a detailed model of Westport House was centre of attention. John used ten thousand matchsticks and three months of patience to complete his masterpiece.
John had a passion for motorbikes, he looked forward to attending the Northwest races every summer. This passion was well represented on both days of his funeral by the motorbiking community.
John and Josephine’s love story began generations before either of them existed, Josephine’s mum Nora and John’s dad Mark were born on the same day in Castlebar Hospital. Josephine and John lived in neighbouring villages in the parish of Aughagower. They attended different schools, Lankill and Knockrooskey. Their paths crossed often throughout their youth, but John never thought that his soulmate and love of his life was under his nose. Fate brought them together and they married in Knock in March 2011.
Since John and Josephine moved to their lovely home in Lanmore, John was the happiest he had ever been. He had finally found complete contentment. He had everything he ever wanted and needed, his beautiful wife, his work shed, his own vegetable patch in which he was highly noted for his beautiful flowers and organic vegetables, his dogs big pup and Ella, his art studio and many of his art pieces were inspired by his surroundings.
John and Josephine had many happy and crazy hours composing amusing videos and photos that entertained us all, of course John was the mystery man behind the camera. Just as he was often the anonymous ambassador behind many of the arts, cultural and historic events in the community.
John was a very generous, kind and honest man, this was reflected in the caring nature, with which he helped Josephine in caring for her mother. The high esteem in which John was held was reflected at his funeral where large crowds gathered to pay their respects. John was predeceased by his father Mark. He is deeply mourned by his heartbroken wife Josephine, mother Maureen, sisters Mona and Nora, brothers Mark, Patrick and William, mother-in-law Nora, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends. May his gentle soul rest in peace.