Billy worked tire­lessly to help those suf­fer­ing with Asthma

Bray People - - BRAY PEOPLE -

THE COM­MU­NITY of Ark­low was deeply sad­dened to learn of the death of lo­cal man Billy Forde in re­cent weeks.

Billy passed away at St. Vin­cent’s Hospi­tal on Sun­day, July 26 fol­low­ing ill­ness.

Son of Thomas and Ju­lia Forde, Billy grew up in Abbey Street and was a brother to Christy.

As a young­ster he grew up across the road from his fu­ture wife Doreen née Mul­li­gan from O’Con­nell Tce.

They mar­ried in 1960 in Ss. Mary and Peter’s Church, Ark­low and started their life to­gether liv­ing in O’Con­nell Tce.

Later they moved to Rory O’Con­nor Place and raised their six chil­dren Thomas, Peter, Caro­line, Liam, Brian and James.

In his younger days Billy worked as a Mer­chant Sea Man be­fore tak­ing a job in IFI in 1966.

Here, Billy worked for 14 years as a plant op­er­a­tor be­fore he had to take early re­tire­ment due to ill health.

He was di­ag­nosed with asthma in 1979 and a few years later he be­came in­volved in the found­ing of the lo­cal Asthma So­ci­ety Branch to of­fer ad­vice and as­sis­tance to oth­ers in the com­mu­nity with the con­di­tion. He started off as PRO in 1983 and was voted Chair­per­son in 1988. He worked tire­lessly to raise aware­ness and fund­ing for the op­er­a­tion and made a huge dif­fer­ence to the lives of many peo­ple.

Billy gave his en­er­gies to ev­ery as­pect of the so­ci­ety from or­gan­is­ing swim­ming lessons and ex­er­cise classes to en­sur­ing that life sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tors were in­stalled in town. Sadly this was to be his last project be­fore his pass­ing, but his con­tri­bu­tion will live on for many years to come. Two months pre­vi­ous to this, while not in the best of health Billy was still go­ing strong and pre­sented €10,000 to the Asthma Helpline.

The Asthma So­ci­ety was not the only fo­cus of Billy’s char­i­ta­ble ef­forts as in 1990 he de­cided to launch a cam­paign to ar­range a head­stone for the For­got­ten Dead of Ark­low.

He was laid to rest in St. Gabriel’s Ceme­tery, Ark­low af­ter fu­neral mass.

Billy is sadly missed by his wife Doreen, chil­dren Thomas, Peter, Caro­line, Liam, Brian, and James, brother Christy, grand­chil­dren, ex­tended fam­ily and a wide cir­cle of friends. May he rest in peace.

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