Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tribute to Mr Joe Quinn, RIP Faha, Kildimo,Co Limerick

Joseph (Joe) Quinn died unexpectedly at home in Faha Kildimo, on October 1, 2009. His funeral took place to the local cemetery following Requiem Mass on Sunday October 4 2009 in St. Joseph’s Church Kildimo. The late Joe was a native of Co. Meath and was born in Ross, Mount Nugent, on May 17, 1941. He was one of a family of four sisters; namely, Kathleen, Ria, Josephine and Eileen and two brothers Patsy and Michael. As a teenager he followed the path of many of his contemporaries to find work in London and from there to Coventry. It was here that he met Cavan girl Mary (Maise) and their marriage was blessed by the arrival of Ann-Marie and Mike. After many years in England where he ran the successful building company ‘Foot Builders’, they decided to return to his native county where they settled in Oldcastle in the early eighties. It was here that their third child James was born.

The next and final phase of Joe’s life came with their move to Limerick in 1983, eventually settling in Kildimo from where he ran his new construction company ‘A-Form Construction’, set up in 1988. Building was his love as well as his trade and he took justifiable pride in developments such as River Point on the Dock Road and Jury’s Hotel, among many other projects. In his spare time, his love of his native county was expressed by a passionate interest in their football exploits, which were followed all the way to Croke Park. On weekends at home, he unwound from his business interests in his well-maintained garden at home and in his favourite local ‘The Seven Sisters’, where he enjoyed the craic with locals such as Danny Reidy and the congenial landlord John.

Joe’s health took a turn for the worst with the intervention of a stroke in May 2003, which left him seriously disabled on the right side. The determination which drove his business interests was now channelled into his recovery and this zeal was notable by his daily walking exercise from his home in Faha and by his dogged pursuit of rehabilitation in his home gym. During all of this disruption to his life, he still managed to run his building company until retirement in early 2009.

Sadly, the year of his retirement also marked the second major and fatal health crisis by heart attack at home on October 1. His sudden passing has left a deep shock in those he loved and the family to which he was devoted. The bond between his family and their father was well evidenced by the heartfelt tribute paid to him following his funeral mass, by his son Michael. The large contingent of colleagues, neighbours and friends who were present at his funeral was testimony to a man with a strong work ethic and a devotion to his family and friends. To his wife Maise, his children and extended family are extended the sympathy of all who grew to know and respect him since he settled in Limerick. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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