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Seamus Crawford

Obituaries

Sheeaune and late of The Lodge Road and Castlebar Street, Westport, Mayo

Seamus passed away unexpectedly at Mayo University Hospital on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2020, one week after celebrating his 83rd birthday at home. After undergoing coronary surgery many years ago, Seamus carried on with his life with courage and strength of character.
Seamus was born November 2, 1937, to Jim and Mary (née Kelly) Crawford, Castlebar Street, Westport. Seamus was the fourth of five children, with siblings Joe (deceased), Patsy (deceased, Adelaide, Australia), Margaret Flintoff (Preston, UK) and Ursula Naughton (Westport). Seamus attended the Christian Brothers Secondary School in Westport. A man of great faith, Seamus also embraced his role assisting at St Mary’s Church, Westport, for many years, a role he inherited from his father, Jim. Seamus enjoyed a varied working life down the years working in Kelly’s Shop, The Octagon,Westport, the Textiles Northern Feather, Ritchie’s Meats, Ballyheane, The Anglers Rest and The Spinning Wheel, Castlebar Street, Westport, before settling into his most enjoyable years working at Hotel Westport for 15 years. Seamus loved his time there with the team and guests alike.
Seamus married the love of his life Jane (Jeanie) Gilger on August 19, 1970, and together they celebrated 50 years of a long and loving relationship earlier this year, a milestone in their lives and a tremendous accomplishment. Seamus and Jeanie together raised a family of four, Geoffrey, James, Brendan and Stephen. Jeanie cared for Seamus in recent years with resolute dedication and devotion.
Seamus was a considerate, kind and gentle father and his children loved him dearly. As a family we were humbled to receive so many personal cards and notes in recent weeks remembering Seamus as a true gentleman with a kind word for so many. Seamus truly enjoyed having the craic around the centrepiece of family life, the kitchen table, balancing sharp exchanges of banter, political jibes and old Westport stories. On his professional side, Seamus always extended a gentle listening ear for colleagues, patrons and guests alike. To his family, Seamus was a man of many words (sometimes too many!), with a sharp wit and words of wisdom but always kind and fun-loving. Seamus loved his garden, he had great love of the Irish language, he enjoyed the trials of Irish politics and he deeply loved his family. As his wife and children, we always knew we were loved and there was always a welcome with arms wide open and a loving hug. We’ll miss that welcome.
Seamus will be forever missed by his devoted wife Jeanie, his children Geoffrey, James, Brendan and Stephen, son-in-law Jason, daugher-in-law Karishmeh and his sisters Margaret (Preston) and Ursula (Westport), as well as extended family and friends.
Ar dheist Dé go raibh a anam dílis
May his kind and gentle soul rest in peace.