Cahir, Louisburgh, Co Mayo
PJ Sammin of PJ Sammin Electrical Contractor passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in the comfort of his own home on June 30, 2022. PJ was born in Cross, Kiladoon March 25, 1947. He was the eldest of six children born to Michael and Elizabeth (née Burke) Sammin. PJ went to National School in Killadoon and often spoke of 3 o’clock on Friday being his happiest time in school as it meant finishing for the weekend. He then went to Sancta Maria or The Convent as it was known and in November 1965 told his parents he had to go to Westport for a dental appointment. Instead, he went to PJ Clarkes for an interview to start as an electrical apprentice. A couple of weeks later, Tony Sammon RIP (Long Street, Louisburgh) arrived in Cross to tell PJ he was to be in Westport the following morning, and on November 24, 1965 PJ started his lifelong hobby in the world of electrical work. Cycling from Cross every morning to Louisburgh to get a lift with Tony Sammon to Westport became his way of life. Under the tutelage of Michael Moran, he regularly worked sixty plus hour weeks and moved from a push bike to a motor bike. A couple of years later he bought a Ford Anglia 105e and he often spoke about the relief he had the first night driving home knowing he was not going to get wet.
As his career progressed, he qualified as an electrician and then set up his own business, PJ Sammin Electrical Contractor. He moved to Galway and worked with O’Malley Construction there for seven years. Moving might be a slight exaggeration though, PJ was definitely a home bird. In the seven years he was in Galway he only spent one weekend there! On returning to Louisburgh full-time, he grew his business, employed, and trained many young apprentices over the years. He had a passion for learning and developing his electrical knowledge and skills and was always happy to share this knowledge.
In 1976 he married a young Kerry woman Bridget O’Connor, who was the new local Public Health Nurse and together they had two children Paul and Marie. In later years his daughter- in-law Megan and son-in-law Brian joined the family and his grandchildren arrived, the “jewels of his heart”- Gemma, James RIP, Jack, Zoe, and Cara.
PJ enjoyed work for almost 57 years and his passion for electrical work and pump systems was extraordinary. He really thrived when the calls came late at night or over public holidays. Calls for assistance after storm damage, faults on electrical circuits or a pump that wasn’t fulfilling its potential, were a source of excitement for PJ. He thrived on the challenge of solving technical issues and thoroughly enjoyed the chat over a cup of tea afterwards. Day or night he always had time to chat and loved meeting old and new friends. He was a real community man and loved the people of his parish. He was involved in many organisations and community events and got great joy and satisfaction from seeing new initiatives being implemented and the locality developing.
When PJ received his diagnosis after Christmas, one of his first concerns was as to how long this would keep him out from work. He made the decision to meet this challenge head on and he fought to the end.
Until we meet again keep an eye on us always, thank you for everything, stick the kettle on and keep the lights lit in Heaven.
Love, Bridget, Paul and Megan, Marie and Brian, Gemma, James, Jack, Zoe, and Cara.