Joe was a loving hus­band and fa­ther

Bray People - - OBITUARIES -

PETER JOSEPH BRIEN (bet­ter known as Joe), from Cill­man­tain Park in Bray, died in the Marie Curie Hospice in New­cas­tle-Upon-Tyne on Tues­day, Septem­ber 8, af­ter a short ill­ness.

Joe, who died aged 88, went to Eng­land shortly af­ter the out­break of World War II with a group of his friends from Bray in search of work.

They tried Wales first and af­ter a short stay there he moved to Coven­try where he worked on Vaux­hall Motors. There he met and mar­ried his late wife Vi­o­let, a New­cas­tle woman, and to­gether they reared six chil­dren.

Joe’s next move was to New­cas­tle, the home city of his wife Vi­o­let. There he went back to work­ing at his trade. Joe was a shoe­maker and he served his time learn­ing his trade with the late Dick Arnold in the Main Street, Bray.

Af­ter work­ing in the city cen­tre of New­cas­tle for a num­ber of years he started a very suc­cess­ful busi­ness in Ben­well, New­cas­tle, re­pair­ing shoes and sell­ing all types of leather goods.

He opened a sec­ond shop a few years later un­til he re­tired. His old­est son Lawrence is now run­ning one of the shops.

Al­though he moved out of the coun­try at a young age, Joe never lost his Bray ac­cent, de­spite hav­ing spent over 60 years in Eng­land. Joe came home to Bray ev­ery year bring­ing his wife and fam­ily with him. He loved com­ing home and meet­ing his old friends. He was al­ways in­ter­ested with what was hap­pen­ing in Bray and County Wick­low and was a reg­u­lar reader of both the Bray Peo­ple and Wick­low Peo­ple, keep­ing up with the news at home. When home he would al­ways visit old neigh­bours and friends. He was well known and liked in the area. He was a very loving hus­band to Vi­o­let and a de­voted fa­ther to Lawrence, June, Eileen, Michael, Pa­trick and the late Anne. Anne was born in Bray and died in May 2004. He is sur­vived by his five chil­dren, sis­ter Sally, grand­chil­dren, great­grand­chil­dren, broth­ers-in­law, sons and daugh­ters-in­law, nieces and neph­ews, rel­a­tives and friends. Joe’s body was cre­mated on Tues­day Septem­ber 13 in New­cas­tle. His ashes are be­ing brought home on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 5 and the burial is on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 6 in St. Peter’s Ceme­tery af­ter 10 o’clock Mass in the Holy Redeemer Church, Bray. May he rest in peace.

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