Fond tributes were paid to the late Edward (Ned) Farrell by his colleagues at the start of the Mountmellick Borris- in-Ossory municipal district meeting last Thursday December 11.
Mr Farrell from Lacca, Rosenallis, had passed away suddenly on Monday December 8, while on his way to work.
He was one of Laois County Council’s outdoor staff. Employed for 37 years, he was due for retirement next April.
Engineer Brenda Cuddy had worked with him for six years.
“He was a pure gentleman in every aspect of his working life. My sincere sympathies to his family, especially his son Ken and his brother Pat who both work in Kyletalisha,” she said.
Cllr Seamus McDonald also paid tribute to the late Mr Farrell.
“Ned and I were close neighbours all our lives, he was a great community man, and very dedicated. We will certainly miss him on the Rosenallis festival of the mountain committee,” he said.
Three minute’s silence were then observed at the meeting.
Laois County Council had closed up earlier in the day so that staff could attend Mr Farrell’s funeral.
Mr Farrell’s passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Marie (nee Murray, Ballygrumell, Fenagh, Carlow) his daughter Ruth Walsh, his sons Edward (in Alabama), Kenneth, Benny, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers, sisters, uncle Leo Dowling (Mountrath), aunt Loretta Kenny (Castlebar), grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and many friends.
He was laid to rest in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Rosenallis.