Sad pass­ing of Jonathan (40)

Bray People - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

THE com­mu­nity of Ark­low was shocked and sad­dened to learn of the re­cent death of Jonathan Malone from Clu­ain Ard.

Jonathan passed away at his home on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 1, at the age of 40, fol­low­ing a long ill­ness.

He bore his ill­ness with great dig­nity and was a mem­ber of the na­tional Sar­coma Ac­tion Group, a lobby group set up last year to cam­paign for the re­ten­tion of a sar­coma spe­cial­ist at St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal.

Jonathan was treated at St Vin­cent’s for this rare form of cancer and was vo­cal in high­light­ing the im­por­tance of sar­coma pa­tients hav­ing a con­sul­tant with rel­e­vant ex­per­tise in treat­ing the con­di­tion. As of two weeks ago, sar­coma pa­tients in Ire­land have been with­out this care as the ex­tended con­tract ex­pired.

A na­tive of Kil­dare, Jonathan stud­ied en­gi­neer­ing in Water­ford, and dur­ing this time met Clare Bul­man, who would later be­come his wife.

The cou­ple mar­ried and set­tled in Ark­low and in time, be­came par­ents to Amy (6) and Emily (2).

Jonathan worked in the en­gi­neer­ing in­dus­try and for much of his ca­reer, was self-em­ployed in this field. In re­cent years, dur­ing his ill­ness, he also helped out with his fa­ther John’s busi­ness.

John set up Wheel Sense bike shop in Ark­low, and Jonathan sup­ported the ven­ture as much as he could.

The great out­doors held huge ap­peal for Jonathan and he was a keen cy­clist.

He started off as a road racer tak­ing part in nu­mer­ous events in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar FBD Milk Rás.

Later, his pas­sion turned to moun­tain bik­ing and he loved get­ting out on his bike around Gle­nart, Glen­dalough and Croghan.

Jonathan also loved keep­ing up to date with IT and was in­trigued by the many reg­u­lar ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy.

Jonathan was re­mem­bered by all who loved him at his funeral ser­vice last Fri­day.

A large num­ber of friends and rel­a­tives from Ark­low, Kil­dare and Water­ford gath­ered at Ss Mary and Peter’s Church, Ark­low for the ser­vice.

Jonathan is sadly missed by his lov­ing wife Clare, daugh­ters Amy and Emily, par­ents John and Lavinia, sib­lings Jackie, Richard, Bobby and Shane, mother-in-law Lily, fa­ther-in-law Dinny, brother-in-law Mark, aunts, un­cles, cousins, neph­ews, nieces, rel­a­tives and friends.

May he rest in peace.

The late Jonathan Malone, Ark­low.

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