THERE was a large turnout for the funeral Mass on Thursday last at St Patrick’s Cathedral of Mr Johnny McEvoy of St Vincent’s Avenue who gave a lifetime’s service to The Dundalk Democrat.
Johnny joined the Democrat newspaper in 1948 and remained with the company until his retirement in 2001.
He was joined on his retirement by Gene Conroy and Frank McCabe and between them they gave served 125 years service to the firm. Fifty-three of those years belonged to Johnny, which made him the longest serving craftsman in the newspaper’s history.
Johnny operated the famous Heidleberg printing press and was always proud of the fact that he always got the “sheet on the street”.
Former Dundalk Democrat editor Mr Joe Carroll paid tribute to Johnny at the funeral Mass.
“He saw us all come through the door for the fist time and the first thing we saw was Johnny standing by the Heidleberg.
“He was a perfectionist, even though some of the other machines he operated didn’t lend themselves to perfection.”
In the last decade of his career he saw many changes: computers took over from hot metal and The Democrat left its famous Earl Street office and moved to another iconic Dundalk building - Tempest’s in Crowe Street.
“Sport also played a big part in Johnny’s life,” Mr Carroll said.
He played soccer with St Joseph’s and then Arsenal in the Dundalk Junior League.
His brother Jimmy played with Dundalk, Distillery, and Wolves.
Johnny is survved by his wife Kitty, sons John, Niall and thomas, daughters Catherine, Julia and Jennifer.