Joe was a loving husband and father
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.