Glen was ‘the one’ who every­one looked up to

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GLEN HAT­TON 1983-2009

GLEN HAT­TON was laid to rest at Kil­com­mon grave­yard, Ti­na­hely last week. The big­gest fu­neral gath­er­ing ever seen in South Wick­low bore tes­ti­mony to the many out­stand­ing qual­i­ties of this truly re­mark­able young man.

Glen David Hat­ton was born on the Novem­ber 17, 1983, to David and Frances, and from the very beginning was des­tined to be a farmer and not just a good farmer, but the very best.

He grew up on the fam­ily farm at Log­gan, Co. Wex­ford, just across the Wick­low bor­der. Glen at­tended Kil­com­mon N.S. and later re­ceived his secondary ed­u­ca­tion at Kilkenny Col­lege fol­lowed by Kil­dal­ton Agri­cul­tural Col­lege where he spe­cialised in ma­chin­ery and crop man­age­ment.

Dur­ing all his young life Glen im­mersed him­self into the life of the com­mu­nity – play­ing Gaelic Foot­ball for the lo­cal Cool­boy GAA Club and rugby for Gorey RFC. Guards of Hon­our from both clubs lined the en­trance to the Church on the ar­rival of Glen’s re­mains.

Glen was not just ‘one of the boys’ but ‘the one’ who every­one looked up to as a nat­u­ral leader. His nat­u­ral charm, good looks and per­son­al­ity made him spe­cial both on and off the field of play.

Glen Hat­ton was above all to­tally com­mit­ted to his farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties which were mainly an ex­ten­sive tillage op­er­a­tion and a com­pre­hen­sive agri­cul­tural con­tract­ing busi­ness. Glen was hugely in­ter­ested in all types of fa rm mach i n - ery. In fact he was a born en­gi­neer and man­u­fac­tured many dif­fer­ent pieces of equip­ment to suit his own par­tic­u­lar re­quire­ments.

A pe­riod of time spent with well known Wex­ford ce­real farmer, James Leech, ma­tured Glen into a top class ce­real grower, ready and ea­ger to play his part in ex­pand­ing the fam­ily farm­ing and con­tract­ing busi­ness on his re­turn to Log­gan. His ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to his ar­du­ous daily work sched­ule be­lied a per­son of his years and were ad­mired by young and old alike.

He was in­tel­li­gent, open minded and firm of his con­vic­tions and had lit­tle dif­fi­culty in qui­etly ar­tic­u­lat­ing them.

It is less than twelve months ago and with con­sum­mate ease Glen was de­fend­ing the con­tro­ver­sial use of biosolids on ‘Ear to the Ground’ on RTE 1. It was this easy nat­u­ral man­ner that en­deared him to all. Dur­ing this time Glen had a l ready been di­ag­nosed with c a n c e r. In­cred­i­bly, he again with seem­ingly ef­fort­less ease went through all the var­i­ous treat­ments – al­ways cheer­ful, al­ways op­ti­mistic.

Un­for­tu­nately all the dif­fer­ent treat­ments were to no avail and about two months ago Glen was told that there would be no re­cov­ery.

Glen Hat­ton did not lie down un­der this aw­ful prog­no­sis but rather spent the time at­tend­ing to the crops, meet­ing his nu­mer­ous friends and qui­etly with his best friend and long­time part­ner, Maria Dagge made ar­range­ments for his own fu­neral ser­vice.

Glen read­ily re­signed him­self to his fate without a hint of anger or self-pity but in the firm be­lief that there is a bet­ter life here­after.

Thou­sands of mourn­ers and very no­tice­ably the young came to say good­bye to a per­son every­one ad­mired re­spected and loved. The fu­neral ser­vice at Kil­com­mon Church was a very spe­cial and mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

In a hushed and packed church and grave­yard, touch­ing tributes were paid to Glen by the Rev. Arthur Min­ion and Glen’s loyal friend and con­fi­dante, James Leech while Glen’s sis­ters Hazel and Lisa with girl­friend Maria gave an un­for­get­table ren­der­ing of ‘A Let­ter from Heaven’.

No bet­ter trib­ute can be paid to Glen by those who knew and ad­mired him that to re­mem­ber his al­ways pos­i­tive ap­proach to life and try and fol­low his ex­am­ple.

In his far too short a time in this world, Glen not only showed us how to live but he also showed us how to die.

Glen Hat­ton’s death is an im­mea­sur­able loss to every­one but es­pe­cially his par­ents David and Frances, sis­ters Hazel and Lisa, his in­sep­a­ra­ble part­ner Maria, grand­mother Mrs. Ella Stan­ley, life­long friend Dick Carey, un­cles, aunts and cousins es­pe­cially Fred Kiersey.

The ‘Fields of Gold’ are har­vested, the new shed is be­ing filled to the rafters and Glen Hat­ton is at peace in heaven.

Ar dheis De to raibh a anam dilis.

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