Well known vintage Stradbally man passes away

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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Bill Deegan, Stradbally with his 1943 Cockshutt Binder at the Stradbally Vintage Rally. Picture: Alf Harvey.

The death has taken place of well known Stradbally man Bill Deegan.

William, who was best known as Bill, Deegan of Church Lane, Stradbally passed away peacefully aged 83 at his home on November 29.

Predeceased and reunited with his wife Sheila and brother Pauge, he is sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family, sons Pat and William, daughters Linda and Fiona, daughters-in-law Anne and Carol, sons-in-law Tim and Martin, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers Hubert, James and Maurice, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, extended family, neighbours and his many friends.

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Pictured: William 'The Rebel' Davis, Tom Sheehan, Bill Deegan and Jim Roche pictured at Stradbally Steam Rally. Photo: Michael Scully.

Among his interests, Bill had a love of vintage agricultural machinery and was at the heart many threshing displays. He was a driving force in the Stradbally Steam Rally, the organisers of which paid tribute.

"The Irish Steam Preservation Society is saddened to learn of the death of Bill Deegan. Bill was a member of the Irish Steam Preservation Society and a favourite presence with the threshing at the National Steam Rally every year. He will be sadly missed," said a statement.

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Taking a break from working on the threshing at the National Steam Rally at Stradbally in August 2010 were From left: Chris Phelan, Joe and Jodie Deegan; William 'Rebel' Davis, Bill Deegan, Gavin and Darren Dalton; Wayne Comerford and Richard Dooley. Picture: Alf Harvey

He was also involved with his local GAA club which also extended sympathy.

"Club is saddened to learn of the death of Bill Deegan. Bill was a lifelong member of Stradbally GAA Club. As well as being a player, he fulfilled many roles within the club over the years including Vice President, Trustee, Chairman, Treasurer, fundraiser, sponsor. He will be sadly missed in Bill Delaney Park," he said.

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Pictured: Bill, Martin & Conor Deegan at the 49th Steam Rally. Picture Alf Harvey

His nephew Joe Deegan paid tribute.

"I had 40 years of a wonderful education from my uncle Bill that consisted of a myriad of subjects history, politics, steam, sport and farming. RIP Bill," he said.

His remains will repose at his home from 12 noon this Friday with a recital of The Rosary at 8 pm Friday night.

His remains will remove on Saturday at 11.45am to arrive at The Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally for 12-noon Funeral Mass.

Burial afterwards in St. Colman's (Oakvale) Cemetery, Stradbally.

Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to The Irish Cancer Society.

Pictured: Bill Deegan and his grandchildren at Stradbally St Patrick's Day Parade. Photo: Michael Scully.