A month ago this week, hundreds of people turned out to bid farewell the late Packie McFadden at St Michael’s Church Creeslough.
The large crowds attending his funeral and wake bore testimony to him being one of the communitie’s best liked and most respected citizens.
There was great shock and sadness when the news emerged of his sudden death on the afternoon of Monday, April 18.
Just days after a stellar gathering of friends and family for a wedding, taking advantage of the early summer sun, he was taken ill while tending to his garden and passed away a short time later.
The Roscad man was a popular figure across the north west through his wholesale confectionery business which he ran for many years until his retirement. He covered a large area of Donegal, delivering to shops and pubs from Fanad to the Rosses and all areas in between in his distinctive brown and beige Bedford lorry.
Packie brought a laid-back friendly approach to everything he did and always had time to stop for a chat, laugh and a joke with everyone he met.
He was also an active member in the local branch of St Vincent de Paul, Meals-on-Wheels and was a founding member of the Sheephaven Credit Union. His had his community at heart and was never afraid to help in any local events that might be to the greater good.
Fr Joseph Briody captured this well at his funeral service on Holy Thursday when he said Packie did this without seeking anything in return and went about it in a quiet, unassuming manner. He said it was also fitting Packie, along with his wife Sadie, attended Mass on the morning of his sad passing to give thanks for the great weekend he enjoyed with his family.
It was apt that after years of working towards having a branch of Sheephaven Credit Union established in Creeslough, his contribution was recognised by his peers when he was invited to be the guest-of-honour in cutting the ribbon at its official opening.
Packie will be fondly remembered and missed my many.
Predeceased by his mother Mary, father Jim, sister Mary and brother Tommy, he is survived by his wife Sadie, daughters Valerie and Claire, sons Seamus and Kieran, son-in-law Hacka, daughter-in-law Fiona and grandchildren Shane, Sofie, Ava and Daniel.