New Road, Westport and formally Middleton, Co Cork
The gentleman has gone home and will be reunited with his beloved wife Ann.
Gerard married Ann in 1959 and they found their way to Westport in 1968, where they made lots of friends and fully embraced their life here. Gerard got involved with local sporting clubs and charities but he remained a Cork man at heart keeping up to date with Cork GAA, no matter the result.
Gerard retired in 1992 and enjoyed daily walks through Westport House and around The Quay with his friends and neighbours. When not out walking you would find him completing the Irish Times crossword in his chair by the window in his sitting room.
He loved to travel and would frequently visit his daughters and family in Rome, Boston and San Francisco.
Gerard was known for his wry smile, sarcastic wit, his wisdom and compassion. In his later years he could be found holding court in Christy’s Harvest enjoying an apple tart with a cappuccino. It soon became a daily ritual for himself and Ann.
Gerard enjoyed watching his daughters grow up in Westport and then going on to have their own families, in the last six years he was introduced to his great-grandchildren. He had a special bond with each and everyone of them.
A deeply spiritual man who volunteered at Westport Church and who always prayed for anyone in need.
His family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all his neighbours and friends who gathered to say goodbye to Gerard. And also our sincere thanks to all of the doctors and nurses at Swinford District Hospital, Sacred Heart Home and Mayo University Hospital for their dedication and care.
He will be dearly missed by his daughters Geraldine, Patricia and Stephanie, his sons-in-law Alain and Sean, grandchildren Christopher, Emilie, Jack, Michael, Claire, Ben and Alana, his great grandchildren and extended family and friends.