Naomh Conaill have lost a stalwart and a gentleman The late Patsy Furey

Naomh Conaill have lost a stalwart and a gentleman The late Patsy Furey
Tom Comack sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Naomh Conaill GAA club have lost one of their greatest servants following the death at the end of last week of Patsy Furey.

Patsy, who was 63, was a Naomh Conaill man to the fingertips. He lost his battle on Friday afternoon at his home in Ardpatrick in Glenties. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends and he had been ill for the last few years.

He is survived by his wife, Brid; son, Daniel; daughters Celine, Rosaleen, Aine and Louise; brothers and sister and a large circle of family and friends.

Patsy played at all levels for Naomh Conaill from under age to senior football and was a dedicated handy footballer in his playing day.

At the end of those playing days he joined in the administration at the club and served in a number positions including secretary and treasurer.

And he brought the same dedication and commitment to those positions as he did during his playing days. He was club treasurer right up to his illness.

The large crowds that flocked to the family home in Ard Patrick for his wake over Friday night, Saturday and Sunday and again at his funeral on Monday, was testament to esteem in which he was held.

And there was a large turnout again on Monday for his funeral mass and burial. The Naomh Conaill club formed a guard of honour made up of past and present players and club officials.

The late Patsy was laid to rest on Monday in the local graveyard following 11 am requiem mass in St Conal’s Church in Glenties.

The late Patsy Furey was a born and reared in Ard Patrick and except for a brief period while at college he lived all his life there.

In his time on earth, Patsy lived a varied life. He began his working life as a painter and decorator before returning to education and qualifying with a degree in Maths and Computing and for a number of years taught in the local St Columba’s Comprehensive School.

He had returned to St Columba’s as a mature student in his late 30s to study for his Leaving Certificate. He subsequently attended the Letterkenny IT before studying for his degree at Swansea University.

Patsy was one of life’s true gentlemen.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.