I’ll never forget the first night I met Eddy. I’d been dating Eirene (his daughter, now my wife and mother of my 4) for a few months when she took me over to Ireland to meet her dad. He sat me down (with the bottle of Irish Whiskey I’d brought him) and drank me under the table. He was testing me. I guess I passed.
Sadly, on the 29th May this year, he lost his battle with cancer. Eirene was by his side when he passed.
Since that first encounter we spent many an hour together. He was one of the most patient, gentle people I’ve ever known. A guy of great whit and wisdom. A guy who’s Dublin and ROI connections astounded me. His knowledge of the way Ireland worked, astounded me. He astounded me. He was quiet and unassuming, gentle and kind.
His funeral was, we think, everything he would have wanted. A good turn out from all walks of his life from the military, the health board, friends, neighbours and relatives.
It’s taken me quite a while to write this – nearly a month, but it kind of took the wind out of our sales for a bit. Live is kind of getting back to normal now but we all miss how even when he wasn’t here, he was always in the background. A great friend, father, grandfather and Dubliner. Rest in peace.