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Obituaries 22nd February 2014

Tuesday, 25th February, 2014 6:30pm

Obituaries 22nd February 2014

The late Emily Meade.

Emily Meade, Lobinstown

The regretted death occurred, following an illness, of Emily Meade, Braystown, Lobinstown, on 26th January last, in the loving care of her family and the staff of the Mater Hospital, Dublin. A native of Towermount, Donaghmore, Navan, she was daughter of the late Paddy and Monica Walsh. Emily spent six weeks in the Mater Hospital prior to her passing.

Deceased was educated in Mercy Convent, Navan, and soon joined the Meath Chronicle team in the early 1970s. She married Philip Meade of Lobinstown in 1980 and together they formed Meade Potato Company, to which Emily was a part of until her untimely passing.

She was a very active woman in the community and walked almost every day, taking part in the Kells Pink Ribbon 10k walk on three occasions, raising much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society in the process. She was also present at the first ever National Potato Day 5k walk hosted by Meade Potato Company last August and again ensured Irish Cancer Society benefited from the event. Emily had good faith all her life and was a frequent Mass-goer along with being a long-standing and dedicated member of the Lobinstown Parish Choir.

Many will remember Emily as a bubbly and vibrant person, who always had a smile on her face and warmly greeted everyone she met. She enjoyed the simple pleasures in life and always made time for her family and friends. She enjoyed frequent meals out with her husband and friends and loved nothing more than a mini break away to some of Ireland’s very own wonderful tourist locations, often coinciding with a race meeting in Galway or Kerry.

She is survived by her husband, Philip; sons, Patrick, Philip and Garrett; daughter, Eleanor; son-in law, Paul; grandchildren, Jamie and Sophie Bradley; sister Ann O’Reilly, Castletown; aunt, uncle, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

The funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Holy Cross, Lobinstown, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Tony Lynch, Trim

There was great sadness following the death of Tony Lynch, peacefully at his home in Loman Street, Trim on Tuesday 14th January, the eve of his 90th birthday. Originally from Skryne, he was the last surviving member of a family of nine children of Michael and Julia Lynch. A retired shopkeeper, Tony began his working career in Kavanaghs and Finnertys in Navan and Gogans in Dunshaughlin. In 1954 he moved to Trim having bought a thatched shop on Haggard Street. He married Margaret in 1959 and they worked together and reared six children. After selling the supermarket in 1972, he continued to sell gas appliances and travelled the county servicing and repairing cookers and heaters.

Tony had a keen interest in all sports but in particular Gaelic football and hurling and he travelled to Croke Park to support the Meath team from an early age. His other great joy was to play the card game, 25s, with his family, which he played with his sister-in-law, nephews and nieces until very recently.

Tony will always be remembered as a good humoured, kind and generous man who adored his family. He had a strong faith and was dedicated to The Sacred Heart and Padre Pio.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; sons, Finian, Anthony and Brian; daughters, Julie, Margaret and Catherine; sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.

The funeral Mass took place in St Patrick’s Church, Trim, followed by burial in St Loman’s Cemetery.

Betty Matthews, Robinstown

Great sadness and shock was caused by the sudden death on 5th December last of Elizabeth (Betty) Matthews (nee Tohill), Irishtown, Robinstown, Navan, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

Aged 79, she passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. A native of Emmet Terrace, Navan, she was daughter of the late Hugh and Mary (Mollie) Tohill, sister of the late Fred Tohill, and aunt of the late Brendan Henry and Tony Matthews.

Betty enjoyed the simple things in life. She liked nothing better than watching TV or reading a good book, especially when the subject matter was a crime thriller. She loved music and was a keen dancer in her day when she would frequent the ‘young men’s hall’ on many weekends. She had a great talent for knitting of which she enjoyed thoroughly and also clothed most of her children and grandchildren as a result.

Always young at heart, she prided herself on being open minded. She was very wise and intuitive and could see through deception which came in very handy as she was a keen card player. Every week some of the family would get together for a "flutter" as she would call it and would remind them "I’m not your mother when we’re playing cards", and being teetotal helped keep a clear head.

She was educated at the Mercy Convent, Navan, and later worked in the Meath Chronicle, and the parochial house in Navan as a housekeeper. It was during this time she met her husband to be, Brian, a native of Cooperhill, Drogheda. They married in August 1962 and resided in various places in Navan, notably St Mary’s Park and St Benildus Villas, before leaving for Irishtown.

She is survived by her husband, Brian, sister, Evelyn, sons, Brian Jnr and Martin; daughters, Fiona, Pauline and Elizabeth; brothers-in-law, Oliver and PJ; sister-in-law, Peggy; grandchildren, Chris, David, Jamie, Darren, Wayne, Jessica, Travis, Jack, Ryan and Josh; great grandchildren, Sophie, Kayden, Tegan and Leon; sons-in-law, Paul and John; daughters-in-law, Jo and Roisin; nephews, Jim, Darren, Liam, Paul, Sean, Eamon and Kevin; nieces, Jane and Sinead; family members, Ronnie, Caithriona, Michelle and Clodagh; cousins, friends, neighbours and life long friend, Joan. The funeral took place from St Mary’s Church, Navan, to St Mary’s Cemetery.


Paddy Shaffrey, Bohermeen


There was widespread sadness following the death of Paddy Shaffrey, Ongenstown, Bohermeen, Navan, which occurred on 19th January last. He died peacefully in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda after a short illness.

A dedicated farmer all his life, he enjoyed nothing more than reading the daily papers and took great interest in the Farmers’ Journal every week. He also followed all sports, especially football and the Meath team.

Paddyis survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Mary Dunne; son-in-law, Paddy; nieces, nephews and many good friends. The funeral Mass took place from St Ultan’s Church, Bohermeen, to Boyerstown Cemetery.

Alice Phillips, Kells

The death has occurred peacefully at St Colmcille’s Nursing Home, Kells, following a long illness, of Alice Phillips.

Originally from St Colmcille’s Villas, where she lived for a greater part of her life with her late husband Tommie and her large family, in recent years Alice was cared for by her family and the nursing staff of the local nursing home.

She will be remembered as a devoted wife, hard working mother and caring grandmother. Her life centred on her family and she was never afraid of hard work. She had a great interest in people, was a colourful character and her many stories were enjoyed by her family and friends. During her good years Alice enjoyed going to the local bingo, shopping trips and was always found in St Colmcille’s Villas meeting and greeting people. This year, St Colmcille’s Villas celebrates its diamond jubilee and Alice would have been one of the original residents.

During her wake in her daughter’s residence, people attended from all walks of life and recalled their own particular story about Alice. Following her removal to St Colmcille’s Church the funeral Mass was concelebrated by Fr John Byrne, PP and Fr Liam Malone, CC.

Predeceased by her husband, Tommie, and her son, Thomas, Alice is survived by her daughters Jennifer, Christine, Ann, Elizabeth, Caroline, Bernadette, and Louise; sons, Patrick, Eddie, Oliver; grandchildren, great grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and a wide circle of friends. Following Alice’s funeral Mass, she was laid to rest in St Colmcille’s Cemetery.

Christopher J Lynch, Longwood

The regretted death occurred suddenly in Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan on 2nd February last of Christopher John Lynch, Moneymore, Longwood, at the age of 72. Deceased was a native of Park, Kinnegad.

Christy was a dedicated family man, a dear husband, father and grandfather. He was a gifted man with his hands who worked at fixing motorbikes, cars, lawnmowers, tiling and plastering as his main trade. He always obliged people, leaving his talented work a fixture in many homes. Deceased loved socialising and having the craic in McLaughlins, Ballivor. He was a very popular man with a big smile. Last year, Christy and his wife, May, celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Christy was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Michael and Peter and sisters, Rosie and Maureen. He is survived by his wife, May; daughter Jacqueline McCormack, Athboy; son-in-law, Kevin; grandchildren, Michelle, Linda, Paula and Vivienne; brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews and brothers- and sisters-in-law. The funeral took place on from Ballinabrackey Church, to St Loman’s Cemetery, Trim.

Dolores O'Sullivan, Athboy and London

The regretted death occurred in London on 20th December last of Dolores O’Sullivan, a member of the Cassidy family of Hill of Ward, Athboy.

Deceased is survived by her husband, Willie O’Sullivan; daughters, Anne McCabe and Fiona Hughes; son-in-law, Jimmy, all London; brother, John Cassidy and sisters Phylis Kearney, Pauline O’Sullivan and Noleen Walsh; relatives and friends.

Her funeral Mass took place on 29th December last at St James’ Church followed by burial in St James’ Cemetery.