Cou­ple Sean and Teresa sadly missed by fam­ily and lo­cal com­mu­nity

Wexford People - - NEWS OBITUARIES -

THE REYNOLDS fam­ily, of Clonard, were deeply saddened by the re­cent loss of hus­band and wife Sean and Teresa, within a month of each other.

Sean Reynolds passed away peace­fully at his home sur­rounded by fam­ily on Fe­bru­ary 24. Shortly af­ter his pass­ing, Sean’s wife Teresa be­came poorly and she also passed away at home, sur­rounded by fam­ily, on March 20.

Born on May 11, 1933, Sean was brought up in School Street with his three sis­ters Maeve, Dolores and Pauline, and par­ents Paul and Margaret. He was ed­u­cated in the CBS and had a busy young life with an ar­ray of an­i­mals to care for in the back gar­den of the fam­ily home.

As a teenager he moved to Larkin­stown to live with his grand­mother, two un­cles and three aunts. He helped on the farm and worked with his un­cle to build a new house there us­ing wooden shut­ters, and mor­tar and stone.

Partly as a re­sult of these labours, hav­ing been spot­ted reg­u­larly haul­ing stone to build the house, he se­cured a job in John­stown Cas­tle. He spent a num­ber of years there work­ing as a lab­o­ra­tory tech­ni­cian.

He left for a short pe­riod to man­age a farm for Slaney Meats but re­turned to John­stown where he held a post buy­ing cat­tle for the John­stown farm, trav­el­ling around the marts of Cork and Tip­per­ary with his friend and col­league Nick Sin­nott.

He re­mained work­ing in John­stown un­til 1987 when he re­tired and set up a golf driv­ing range on the farm in Larkin­stown. He be­came a fa­mil­iar sight for im­prov­ing golfers in Wex­ford and kept run­ning the range un­til the mid 1990s when he re­tired.

Sean was an avid per­former and was part of the cho­rus dur­ing the early days of the Wex­ford Opera Fes­ti­val. Sean and Paco Shee­han were a con­sis­tent fea­ture in the Tops of the Town as a com­edy and mu­si­cal dou­ble act. He was also a reg­u­lar in the Singing Pubs com­pe­ti­tions both as a per­former and a com­pere for Si­mon Lam­bert’s pub.

Born on June 21, 1936, Teresa was raised in Car­rigeen, County Kilkenny with sis­ters: Mary, Phil, Della, Es­ther; broth­ers Hi­lary and Ger­ard; and par­ents Joe and Anas­ta­sia. She was ed­u­cated in the lo­cal pri­mary school and re­ceived schol­ar­ships to Mount Mellery in Laois and, from there, went to study pri­mary teach­ing in Carys­fort.

She moved to Wex­ford af­ter grad­u­at­ing, liv­ing in a flat on Rowe Street. She took up a post in Kil­rane NS teach­ing with Jim Be­g­ley and Barbara Stone. She taught there for a num­ber of years be­fore mov­ing to Pierces­town NS where she re­mained for the rest of her ca­reer, teach­ing the se­nior in­fants class.

She loved teach­ing and helped to set up the Par­ents’ Coun­cil in the school to en­gage the com­mu­nity in main­tain­ing the school. She also did a sig­nif­i­cant amount of work to sup­port chil­dren who needed ad­di­tional les­sons be­fore the ad­vent of Spe­cial Needs As­sis­tants, and reg­u­larly brought in lunches for chil­dren who might not have con­sis­tent food at home.

While work­ing in Kil­rane, Teresa met Sean and they mar­ried in 1962. They moved into the house in Larkin­stown and sub­se­quently had six chil­dren: Paul, Aine, Mairead, Eoin, Ger­ard and Mary.

Sean and Teresa en­joyed so­cial­is­ing with friends on a Satur­day night, ini­tially in Whit­ford and later in Si­mon Lam­bert’s.

They also en­joyed reg­u­lar card ses­sions of 45 and Bridge. They loved their gar­den and took great pride in it, par­tic­u­larly af­ter re­tire­ment. Teresa en­joyed be­ing out and about, and would have been a reg­u­lar sight walk­ing in John­stown and Ross­lare.

Teresa had a life­long love of learn­ing and shortly af­ter re­tire­ment ob­tained a diploma in lo­cal his­tory from Maynooth Univer­sity as well as learn­ing to swim.

Sean and Teresa trav­elled ex­ten­sively dur­ing their early re­tire­ment years across Europe and North Africa and of­ten trav­elled to see their chil­dren Paul and Aine in Amer­ica.

They will be sadly missed by their six chil­dren, 18 grand­chil­dren, sis­ters Pauline Roche and Della Reid, ex­tended fam­ily and their wide cir­cle of friends.

The late Sean and Teresa Reynolds.

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