Willie Berrigan, Scrouthea and late of Poulnagunogue, Clonmel, passed to his eternal reward after a short illness, bravely borne, in St. Brigid’s Hospital, Carrick-on-Suir earlier this year.
Willie was born outside Athlone, Co. Westmeath on October 4 1947 to parents Larry and Mary Berrigan. At 18 years of age he moved to England where he trained as a leather technician.
He subsequently moved to Clonmel in 1971, taking up employment with the Ronan Group. While working there Willie met his future wife Mairead (nee Lawlor). Willie and Mairead married in October 1973, their son Paul was born in January 1975, daughter Marie in January 1976 and Siobhan in 1980. He made regular trips to his home town of Athlone over the years to visit family and friends.
When the Ronan Group ceased business some years ago Willie was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work for Pinewood Healthcare, where he continued to be employed until he reached his 65th birthday. He found working in Pinewood very varied and interesting, mostly driving clients to and from airports and he loved showing visitors the interesting sights along the journey.
A popular person, Willie was blessed with a great sense of humour and loved to regale people with his yarns.
Golf was a huge part of his life and lovely trophies won in competitions are to be seen in his home. Possessing a beautiful singing voice, he also took part in 13 productions with St. Mary’s Choral Society. His hobbies included painting, decorating, gardening and calligraphy.
Willie’s loss is deeply felt by his loving wife Mairead, son Paul, daughters Marie and Siobhan, son-in-law Shane, daughter-in-law Michelle, Siobhan’s partner William, his seven grandchildren - Cathal, Caoimhe, Saoirse, Darragh, Abigail, Kate and Conor - his brothers Leo (Athlone), Lar (Donegal), sisters Maureen, Bridget, Kathleen and Tessie (Athlone), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and his many friends and neighbours in Poulnagunogue and Scrouthea.
Willie’s funeral was large and representative and his funeral Mass was beautifully sung by singers from St. Mary’s Choral Society, The Gordonaires, the Friary Choir and the Church of the Resurrection Choir, which Willie was a member of prior to his death.
His dear friend Chris gave a beautiful eulogy at his funeral Mass, which was celebrated by Canon Brendan Crowley and Canon Brendan made it very special, as he visited Willie regularly during his illness. These visits gave Willie tremendous spiritual comfort.
The family is also grateful to Dr. Colman Walsh and St. Brigid’s Hospital for their outstanding care.
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