We were all shocked and saddened to hear the news on Friday, June 1, of the passing of Gussie Morrissey, Scartana, Cahir, after a very short illness. Gussie was a very popular person, not just in the Cahir/Ballylooby areas, and the huge crowds that attended his home and his funeral in Ballylooby left no one in any doubt as to his popularity and the major loss he will be to all.
Gussie was born in May 1962, youngest child of Paddy and Maureen Morrissey. He started Primary school in Ballylooby in 1966, but took every opportunity to be outdoors. His favourite place was Kilroe, where John Oâ€™Brien had a farm with every type of animal. This love of the outdoors was to stay with him all his life.
He took over the digging of the graves in Ballylooby cemetery from his father and did this for over 30 years. During the 80s Gussie started delivering hay and straw and his yellow Leyland could be found as far away as Ballymac, Dungarvan and Ring. The locals in Newcastle were used to hearing him pass through at any hour of the day or night.
He started work as a general operative with the Council in 1980 and worked in Cahir and Burncourt until 2001 when he started driving the pickup truck in the Cahir area. In 2010 he took over the position of Acting Cahir Town Foreman. He was very involved in the Tidy Towns and will be greatly missed. As Gussie felt he wanted to do his best with any job he did, he decided to go back to school last year one evening a week to further his education, and he found this to be of great benefit.
The love of outdoor life he developed at a young age again surfaced with his horseriding and hunting, and during any spare time he got his horses ready for the next hunt, and the lights were often on late at night in the stables in Scartana.
In 1984 he married Majella, and they had four children, Martin, Barry, Jackie and Samantha. They were a very close family and lived life to the full. They holidayed in Kerry every year, and in recent years, Gussie and Majella took many trips there, enjoying the music and dancing. He always joked that he would buy a house there when he won the lotto. He loved all types of music and Westlife, Jimmy Buckley and Louise Morrissey were at the top of his list.
Gussie was very involved in fundraising and he personally raised thousands, with most of the proceeds going to help fight cancer. He even raised â‚¬500 last October by parting with his distinguishing moustache.
Gussie celebrated his 50th birthday on May 13, and enjoyed a surprise party with family and many friends. He was admitted to hospital on the 16th, and lost his short battle 16 days later on June 1.
His funeral was one of the largest Ballylooby had ever seen, and he would have been so proud to see his daughter Samantha and his brother Pakie lead the funeral to the village on horseback. The crowd overflowed the church and he would have been honoured to know Louise Morrissey came to sing at his funeral. The song â€œIâ€™ll see you againâ€ by Westlife was played at the graveside.
Gussie touched so many lives in so many ways that he will be missed by all, especially his loving wife Majella, sons Martin and Barry, daughters Jackie and Samantha, brothers Pakie and Ned, sisters Mary, Nellie and Bridie, extended family and many friends.
Rest in peace Gussie