De­clan bore ill­ness with dig­nity and was loved by all he met

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De­clan Adams, Cool­gar­rive, Kil­lar­ney

IT was with shock and sad­ness that the an­nounce­ment of De­clan’s death was re­ceived on Fri­day morn­ing the third of Au­gust, in the Mary­mount Hospice Cork. De­clan passed from his life in the com­pany of his part­ner San­dra and was sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily. Tears were shed and sto­ries were told, how­ever there was a sense of relief that his suf­fer­ing was over. Last Jan­uary De­clan was 47 when he was di­ag­nosed with esophageal can­cer stage four. He fought bravely with a very pro­gres­sive ill­ness un­til he passed away. His ac­cep­tance of his ill­ness brought out the best in ev­ery­one who knew and loved De­clan. Rel­a­tives and friends who vis­ited wept, laughed, of­fered their up­most sup­port to De­clan and San­dra in thought word and ac­tion. De­clan had a great sense of hu­mour, he was loved by all who came into con­tact with him right till the very end of his life.

De­clan was born in Cool­gar­rive in Kil­lar­ney, the youngest son of Delia and Jim Adams the youngest of seven sib­lings. He went to school in St. Bren­dan’s Col­lege Kil­lar­ney, had a lovely child­hood, he loved Man United, pitch and putt, soc­cer, cy­cling to school, an­i­mals es­pe­cially his cats, “The Sun­day Game”, the Le­gion Foot­ball Club and Kil­lar­ney golf club where he did cad­dy­ing on school hol­i­days. He had a strong de­vo­tion to his fam­ily as he fol­lowed the fam­ily tra­di­tion and qual­i­fied as a psy­chi­atric nurse in the early 90’s in Peter­bor­ough in the UK. He loved nurs­ing he worked in St Bren­dan’s Hos­pi­tal in Dublin, also worked as a drug rep for a num­ber of years based in Cork. He set up home in Ballincol­lig.

He was in­volved in Ballincol­lig GAA Club; a se­lec­tor for the un­der 21’s foot­ball team who won their first ti­tle in 2009. De­clan was ex­cep­tional in the arts he had an artis­tic tem­per­a­ment as he was a mem­ber of the Kil­lar­ney Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety and took part in two pro­duc­tions. The won­der­ful pro­duc­tion of Oliver in 1992 he played the role of Fa­gan which was the rogue char­ac­ter and then in 2009 the vil­lain Bill Sikes. He also per­formed with the Rath­gar and Rath­mines Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety in the Con­cert Hall in Dublin and was a mem­ber of the Clane Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety in the pro­duc­tion “Me and My Girl”. He had a pas­sion for mu­sic U2, Bruce Spring­steen and Christy Hen­nessy he en­joyed a good sing song.

He was in­volved with the Cork Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion work­ing with Sui­cide Aware, he cre­ated “The Am­ber Flag” for young peo­ple to pro­mote pos­i­tive men­tal health across sec­ondary schools and also trained as a Life Coach. De­clan had a great love of life he had many per­sonal qual­i­ties for ex­am­ple car­ing, cre­ative, a rogue, a great sense of hu­mour “hu­man”. An in­de­pen­dent man, a very proud Kerry man although liv­ing in Cork. When his brother Pat passed away from Mo­tor Neu­ron Dis­ease in 2006, he kept his mem­ory alive by ar­rang­ing a golf clas­sic for a num­ber of years in mem­ory of his brother. On be­half of our fam­ily we would like to thank his part­ner San­dra for her lov­ing care and kind­ness with De­clan through­out his ill­ness.

De­clan was not one to suf­fer fools gladly and a sen­si­tive soul, he ap­pre­ci­ated the sim­ple things in life, go­ing for walks, fam­ily, cousins and friends. He was a fighter right till the end and he bore his ill­ness with dig­nity. The fam­ily would like to thank ev­ery­one who was in­volved with De­clan’s care, the Pal­lia­tive Care Team, the Mary­mount Hospice in Cork, all those peo­ple who sup­ported him and friends. De­clan was laid to rest on Mon­day Au­gust 6 in the beau­ti­ful set­ting at Agha­doe Kil­lar­ney.

Re­mem­bered with love by his part­ner San­dra, his mother Delia and sib­lings Jimmy, Ger­ard, Adri­enne, Karen, Ruth. Sis­ter in law’s Marie, Pa­tri­cia, Laura and brother in law’s Stephen and Martin. Also his nieces and neph­ews, all his ex­tended fam­ily and friends. “May he rest in peace”.

The Late De­clan Adams

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