The death occured of Phylis Lynch (née Hogan) in Northampton General Hospital on Saturday, September 22 at the age of 77 after a short illness.
Her passing has plunged her family into deep grief coming just 16 months after the death of her husband John to whom she was married for 54 years.
Phylis was born in 1935 to her late parents Thomas and Joanna Hogan in Tullemaine near Rosegreen. She was the youngest of six children and was pre-deceased by her brothers Mick and Chris and by her sisters Nan and Joan. She has one surviving sister Maureen.
On completion of her education, Phylis worked in Clonmel. She met the love of her life John at a local dance. Ireland was in the throes of reccession and being young they decided to try their luck in England. They first went to London, then Kettering and finally Northampton. They had six children together, Yvonne, Anthony, Caroline, Fiona, Mark and Kieran. Those years in England were far from easy but through sheer determination, hard work and some great friends they went on to lead very successful lives.
Phylis was a very proud dignified woman, who had a zest for life and a wonderful sense of humour. It is testament to her nature that she formed so many long standing friendships. Her garden was always in full bloom and undoubtedly there was a dog or cat who gained sanctuary in her home.
He chosen profession as a residential social worker and in later years as a care assistant led to her work with those who needed care and attention the most. And this is what she excelled at. Phylis’s care for her late husband John when he suffered life changing injuries as a result of a hit-and-run accident many years ago were a typical example of her caring nature allied to a steely determination to ensure John would lead the best quality of life that he possibly could.
It was not difficult to quantify what was important in Phylis’s life. She was a regular church goer and a great beliver in the power of prayer. The rosary would be recited every evening without fail. Phylis’s family though was the nucleus of her life and she cherished each and everyone equally.
Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were a constant source of pride and comfort to her, and her house was very much an open home.
Phylis loved travelling and visiting her family in San Francisco, South Africa, Carrick-on-Suir and Rosegreen. She enjoyed having the ‘craic’ and was blessed with a lovely singing voice, at 77 years of age she could still sing ‘Patsy Clyne’ songs with the best of them.
As late as June this year, she received a standing ovation for her singing in a packed pub while on holidays. Everyone loved her for the character she was and she was an example to all on how to live life.
The Funeral Service and Requiem Mass for Phylis took place on Monday, October 1 in the church of Ss Francis and Therese in Northampton. The celebrant was Father Brendan Killeen, the psalm was read by her Fiona, the reading was recited by her son-in-law Anthony and prayers of the faithful were read by her grandson Shane, nephew Eamonn and friend Sue.
Her granddaughter, Hannah, read a very moving tribute in the form of an open letter and the service was concluded with a eulogy delivered by her son-in-law Sean.
Phylis’s fervent wish was that her funeral was to be a celebration of her life and though heavy of heart her wishes were complied with.
A jazz band led the cortege to her final resting place and the ‘Fields of Athenry’ was sang at the graveside by her son-in-law Sean All adjourned afterwards to the ‘White Hart Inn’ where Irish music, song and dance were performed as per Phylis’ strict instructions.
Phylis leaves behind a lasting legacy in her family and those who feel the pain the most are, Yvonne (Carrick-on-Suir), Anthony (San Francisco), Caroline (Northampton), Fiona (South Africa), Mark (Northampton), Kieran (Northampton), daughters-in-law Melissa, Kelli and Beth, sons in-law Sean O’Shea and Anthony Walsh. Grandchildren Shane, Leonie, Rachel, Kelly, Hannah, Olivia, Luke, Kieran, Sinead, Cavan, Shay, Edie and Charlie. Great grandchildren Kyran, Niamh and Rory and all her relatives and friends. ‘Ni bheidh a leithead ann aris’.