Ge­orge was a leg­endary butcher

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GE­ORGE Her­t­erich of Clonard and late of Naas, County Kil­dare who died on Novem­ber 18, was a leg­endary and award-win­ning Wex­ford butcher and a founder mem­ber of Wex­ford Ro­tary.

Ge­orge passed away two days short of his 82nd birth­day in the care of staff at Knoc­k­een Nurs­ing Home where he had been a res­i­dent for the past two and a half years.

He hailed from a proud fam­ily tra­di­tion of butcher­ing which began when the Her­t­erich fam­ily moved from Bavaria in south­ern Ger­many to Ire­land and Ge­orge’s grand­fa­ther opened their first butcher shop in Naas in 1913. His grand­fa­ther was one of 11 sib­lings who spread their wings all over Ire­land, open­ing shops and bring­ing tra­di­tional Ger­many butcher­ing skills to this coun­try. Ge­orge’s fa­ther Charles was born in Newry and Ge­orge him­self was born in Port­laoise.

The fam­ily moved to Naas in the 1940’s and it was there that Ge­orge learned his trade. He mar­ried Dorothy (Dor) (nee Mi­ley) and the cou­ple moved to Wex­ford in 1958 where they estab­lished a very suc­cess­ful pork and del­i­catessen busi­ness on South main Street (op­po­site the old Dunnes Stores build­ing) which be­came a house­hold name in Wex­ford and won many awards for its qual­ity prod­ucts.

Her­t­erich’s spe­cial­i­ties, con­tain­ing a spe­cial recipe of in­gre­di­ents, in­cluded sausages, pies, black and white pud­dings, cooked meats and wild smoked salmon which were sold over the counter and also sup­plied to ho­tels, restau­rants, shops, fac­to­ries and pubs.

Ge­orge had three chil­dren, Su­san, Charles and David who joined him in the busi­ness and con­tin­ued work­ing there for a num­ber of years.

His wife Dor passed away in 1984 and in 1989 he met and mar­ried Ber­nadette McIntyre. They car­ried on the busi­ness un­til 1997 when Ge­orge de­cided to re­tire and sell the shop. He was a very ac­tive man who en­joyed so­cial­is­ing with his friends, tak­ing hol­i­days abroad, go­ing to foot­ball and rugby matches and play­ing squash.

He loved mu­sic, es­pe­cially opera. At the height of his busi­ness, he trav­elled reg­u­larly to trade fairs in the UK and Ger­many. He was a founder mem­ber of Ro­tary Wex­ford and he and Dor started the club’s tra­di­tion of organising Christ­mas ham­pers for needy fam­i­lies in their own home. Ber­nadette still de­liv­ers the ham­pers to­day. Af­ter re­tir­ing from Ro­tary, he be­came a mem­ber of Probus, an as­so­ci­a­tion of re­tired and semi-re­tired pro­fes­sional and busi­ness peo­ple.

Ge­orge was a deeply re­li­gious man and this faith helped him through his fi­nal ill­ness. He is sur­vived by his wife Ber­nadette; his chil­dren Su­san, Charles and David; his brother Noel; sis­ter Maudie; grand­chil­dren Colin, Craig, James, Dorothy, Laura and David; aunt Alice and his ex­tended fam­ily and friends.

He was pre­de­ceased by his sis­ters Mil­dred and Ma­bel. Fu­neral prayers took place in Knoc­k­een Nurs­ing Home fol­lowed by re­moval to the Church of the As­sump­tion, Bride Street for fu­neral Mass and burial in St. Ibar’s Ceme­tery, Crosstown.

The late Ge­orge Her­t­erich.

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