There was widespread shock and sadness at the death of a popular local businesswoman last week.
Ann Fitzpatrick from Mill House, Rathronan, Clonmel died at South Tipperary General Hospital last Friday after she became ill at her home.
The late Mrs. Fitzpatrick was well known as a florist for almost the last half a century and operated a successful shop in Mitchel Street. Before that her business was based at O’Connell Street in the town.
Her flower-arranging skills were in constant demand and she also assisted voluntary groups and organisations in the community.
John O’Sullivan of Clonmel Rotary Club said that Ann Fitzpatrick was an intelligent and vibrant woman who was passionate about flower arranging. She willingly helped at Rotary’s annual food fair and flower demonstration since its inception six years ago.
One of her favourite hobbies was collecting Santa souvenirs and at the food fair and flower demonstration at Raheen House Hotel tonight, Wednesday, 130 Santa Claus candles will be placed on each seat for people to take home and remember Ann in their thoughts and prayers.
“She had the ability to make flower-arranging so real and fascinating. She also influenced my wife Patricia to take up flower arranging many years ago”, said Mr. O’Sullivan.
Her Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church in Lisronagh at 11.30 this morning, Wednesday, with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
She was predeceased by her husband Jim and is survived by sons Damian, Niall, James and Brendan and their partners Danielle, Tracey and Maire; sisters Kay and Betty, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and her many friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.