Deep regret has been occasioned at the death of one of Donegal Town’s best-known and highly respected figures.
Well-known taxi driver Petey Joe McGroary, Old Golf Course Road, passed away on Tuesday July 17, after a short illness.
The word gentleman is often used rather loosely, but in Petey Joe’s case it had the deep ring of truth.
He taxied thousands of people over the years and was a very kind considerate man which shone through in his careful considered driving, an extension of his own respectful personality.
Petey had great respect for other people and great respect for his profession, always very well turned out and always had his car in excellent working order.
His death came only a short period after his brother James Anthony McGroary, another very well known taxi man and both came from the picturesque townland of Meenataggart, close to the famous Bluestack Mountains.
Local Independent councillor Tom Conaghan said Petey Joe had been “taxi man from a very young age and was a real icon around Donegal Town.
“Petey Joe, like his late brother James Anthony, was a very well known figure around the town.
“He did a lot of work over the years and anyone who travelled with him always side they felt very safe and of course he also had a wealth of local knowledge.
“Petey Joe took his profession very seriously and treated everyone with equal respect and was a very conscientious person and had great discretion.
“He was also a great Gael and an avid follower of Donegal and also followed the Four Masters.
“Petey Joe will be sadly missed from around the town”.
He is survived by his wife Helen; sons Vincent, Gregory and Peter and daughters, Eileen and Barbara, in-laws and eight grandchildren as well as a host of relatives and friends.