Harry Quigley, Castleross, Castletown Road, who died recently, was a devoted family man and a big football supporter.
He passed away peacefully on February 3, 2018, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Aged 61, he was originally from Boyle O’Reilly Terrace, Dundalk, one of a family of seven of Thomas and Elizabeth Quigley.
Harry attended school in the De La Salle.
He married Geraldine Foster, Saint Joseph’s Park, and they had six children.
He thought the world of his three daughters and three sons, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they arrived.
A good family man, who worked hard, Harry was employed in the old pork factory, German Salami Company and then A.I.B.P., working in Ravensdale, Longford and Clones.
He also worked for a time in Global Tyres.
Harry enjoyed music. Tom Jones and Jim Reeves were his favourites. No doubt his love of Reeves emanated from listening to the songs of ‘Gentleman Jim’ played by his mother as he grew up.
Another pastime he got great pleasure from was fishing, and he also loved being out and about on his bike.
He also liked a bet on the horses and football.
Indeed, football was a great passion of his. Harry was a huge fan of Middlesborough, and followed the fortunes of the German national team as well.
He listened to Dundalk FC match commentaries on the radio, and never missed tuning into Seamus and Chris on the LMFM breakfast show.
Harry loved to see other people enjoying themselves. And if anyone was ever down, he would cheer them up as he could be a funny character.
A generous person, he would do anything for his family, and had a great devotion to Our Lady.
Harry was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Elizabeth, brothers, Michael, Jimmy and Johnny and sister, Mary.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, daughters, Pamela, Christina and Tracy, sons, Peter, Stephen and Ryan, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, Anthony, Patsy and Tommy, aunt, May Casey, sons and daughters-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.
After reposing at the family residence in Ashling Park, his remains were removed to the Church of the Holy Redeemer, where the funeral Mass was celebrated by Harry’s nephew, Father Damien Quigley.
The readings were given by Seán Quigley and Chloe Quigley, while prayers of the faithful were led by Andrew Rogers, Naomi Quigley, Seán Quigley and Lindsey Quigley.
Jessica Quigley and Cían Mulligan brought to the altar gifts symbolising Harry’s life. These included a statue of Our Lady, a radio, a photograph, and his Middlesborough shirt and hat.
Stephen Quigley and Declan McCrave participated in the offertory procession.
Music was provided by Paudie Breen.
Burial took place afterwards in Saint Patrick’s Cemetery, Dowdallshill.
Harry’s Month’s Mind Mass takes place in the Church of the Holy Redeemer at 11.30am on Sunday, March 11 2018.