Passing of Jack Sharkey at 100 years
The funeral took place in Wexford yesterday (Monday) of Wexfordman Jack Sharkey of Bishopswater and late of Park, who was a sacristan in Bride Street Church for 20 years.
Jack who was in his 101st year, sadly passed away last Friday.
He is survived by his daughters Monica, Anne and Maura; his sons-in-law Viv, Ger and Kevin; his grandchildren; great-grandchildren; his nephews and nieces and his extended family and friends.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife Marie who died 10 years ago and also by his brothers and sisters. The second youngest of his family, he was born in Park in 1918.
He spent all his working life in Frank O’ Connor’s bakery and shop and was a Dispatch Clerk there until the business closed down about a year before he was due to officially retire at the age of 65.
Shortly afterwards, he was appointed sacristan in Bride Street Church and held the position for 20 years until he retired when he was in his mid-80’s.
Jack celebrated his 100th birthday on Good Friday of this year and was delighted to receive a letter of congratulations and a cheque from President Michael D. Higgins.
Jack maintained his independence with the help and support of his daughters. He read the paper regularly and kept up with the news.
Burial took place in St. Ibar’s Cemetery, Crosstown on Monday morning after Funeral Mass in Bride Street Church.