The railway was a major part of Eddie’s life

Eddie Wynne, who died in April at the age of 87, was the last surviving member of his family.

Eddie Wynne, who died in April at the age of 87, was the last surviving member of his family.

He was one of ten children of Ellen and Patrick Wynne, James Street, Clonmel, and was pre-deceased by his sisters Gretta, May and Nellie; and brothers Billy, Paddy, John, Kevin, Mickey and Henry.

Eddie lived for most of his life in the family home in James Street, where he and Monica, his wife of almost 61 years, raised a family of four – Billy, Helen, Eamonn and Anne.

When he left school he followed in his father’s footsteps by joining CIE and worked as a signalman at Clonmel Railway Station for more than 40 years. The railway was a major part of his life and for some time after his retirement in the mid 1980s, long before the arrival of the internet, people still called to him regularly to check bus and rail timetables.

He had a lifelong interest in sport, closely following the fortunes of the Tipperary hurlers and Chelsea Football Club, and in 1949 won a County Junior Football medal on an Old Bridge team that included his brother Henry.

With four of his brothers having emigrated to England he regularly visited them in London. Even after they died the visits continued to his eldest son Billy and his family in London.

Some years ago, on one of those trips, Eddie was delighted to view some of the old railway steam engines, including The Flying Scotsman and Sir Nigel Gresley, at Marleybone Station; and also thoroughly enjoyed a tour of Wembley Stadium, as well as trips to Brighton and Littlehampton on the south coast.

He and Monica also enjoyed visiting their daughter Anne and her family at their home in Raheny in Dublin, and family holidays to Tramore and Galway were another great source of enjoyment to him.

When he retired Eddie and the residents of James Street devoted much of their efforts towards improving the appearance of the street, which was always a blaze of colour when it was bedecked with flowers during the spring and summer. Their work was rewarded when they won several prizes in the Tidy Areas competitions.

The street was honoured in 1988 with a visit from Carmencita Hederman, who had been Lord Mayor of Dublin from 1987-88 during its Millennium celebrations.

He had a great love of life and loved to be out and about meeting people, and liked nothing better than a game of cards, especially 25s, over a few pints.

He loved music too and was known to play a few tunes on the mouth organ at family occasions.

He had a rich store of humorous stories and yarns, mostly from his time working on the railway and from a lifetime spent in Clonmel, and especially on the Fethard Road and James Street, in more simple and innocent times.

For many years he was a familiar figure around the town on his bicycle and still went out walking until shortly before he became ill early last December.

He was a devoted husband and family man and all his family, including 13 grandchildren, were a great source of pride to him and miss him greatly. Poignantly, just a week before his death, Eddie’s first great-grandchild, Edward William, was born in London.

He is also survived by his daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.