Louisburgh, Co Mayo
Willie (Tony) O’Malley passed away peacefully at Mayo University Hospital following a short illness on February 28, 2020, just a few weeks shy of his eighty sixth birthday. He was born on March 23, 1934 to Patrick and Mary O’Malley, Askelane, Roonagh, Louisburgh. He was one of nine in family and is survived by his dear sister Teresa Bradley (UK) as sadly, at his age Willie was pre-deceased by his beloved brothers Michael, Anthony and Joe, sisters Mary, Kathleen, Nora and Annie.
Willie to all who knew him was not just a gentleman but was the quintessential gentle man who possessed a kind and charitable spirit. He was a man of deep faith and devotion both to his daily prayer and to the Mass. He was unassuming and took pleasure in the simple things in life. He took pride in being able to head off on his tractor to accomplish his daily tasks. His tractor was always an important source of independence to Willie especially in his later years and many who knew Willie fondly referred to him as “Tractor Willie”. No matter the weather Willie would not miss his Mass and his tractor would often be seen parked at the bridge in Louisburgh. Willie was always a man who believed in being thankful for what he had and always counted his blessings in terms of family, friends and neighbours, on whom he could always rely to call for support and assistance in times of trouble.
Following his repose at Sweeney’s Funeral Home, Louisburgh, removal took place to Louisburgh church for his Funeral Mass and he was later laid to rest in Kilgeever Cemetery. Willie is deeply mourned by his loving sister Teresa, brothers-in-law Fred Bradley and Austin Connolly, nephew-in-law and niece-in-law Patrick and Lorraine Connolly (Westport), niece Nora Connolly (Westport) as well as his many dear nephews, nieces, grand- nephews and grand-nieces in the UK and his neighbours and friends in Louisburgh.
Willie’s family would like to acknowledge and extend their sincere thanks to Fr Long, Peter Sweeney and Paraic Mc Hale for their support and assistance both during and after the funeral service. We deeply appreciate the very kind expressions of sympathy in our recent sad loss. The volume of good wishes and fond memories of Willie have been overwhelming and truly comforting to his family and friends. Such treasured memories are a rich legacy and are testament to the lasting and indelible impression that Willie left with everyone he met. May his gentle soul rest in peace. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for your intentions.