Passed away on Monday 8th February 2021 Requiem Mass – Thursday, 11th March 2021 at 12 noon
Requiem Mass – Friday 19th February at 10.30am 2021
Died on 7th January 2021
Requiem Mass – Friday 22nd January 2021
Died on 27th December 2020
Requiem Mass – Thursday 21st January 2021
Catherine Murtagh 16th May 1936 – 22nd October 2020
Requiem Mass Tuesday 10th November 2020 at 10.30 am.
Order of Service link link – updated 10th November.
Passed away on 18th October 2020.
Requiem Mass on Thursday 5th November 2020.
Passed away on 12th October 2020
Requiem Mass on Tuesday 10th November 2020
Order of Service link– updated 13th November.
Passed away on 19th October 2020
Requiem Mass on Thursday 12th November 2020
WILLIIAM (WILLIE) JOSEPH GREENE
Passed away on 25th September 2020
Requiem Mass on Thursday 8th October 2020
Passed away on 12th September 2020
Requiem Mass on Wednesday 30th September 2020
Passed away on 24th August 2020
Requiem Mass on Friday 25th September 2020
Kwaku Owusu died aged 55 at home on Monday 24th August 2020, at 01:15 in the morning.
Kwaku Owusu was born in Berekum, Ghana on 1st April 1965. Kwaku was the seventh boy of ten children. He went straight into farming after leaving school at a young age. He moved to Holland in 1992 in order to pursue a better life for his family. He met his partner in Holland, 1998 and went onto have four children. He was a dedicated family man, father and partner. He was also a practising Christian, always faithful to God; an active member of Church. He was also a good mentor to his colleagues, so well liked that he was often appointed as supervisor.
Mr. Owusu leaves behind his partner, Silvia, and four children: Renée, Ruth, Jochebed, and Uriah.
Kwaku was often quiet and reserved, but also very wise – there were many times when he would insight wisdom when it was needed. It was times like these that will always be remembered and treasured by his loved ones.
Passed away on 7th September 2020
Requiem Mass on Wednesday 16th September 2020
Eilish was born Elizabeth Mary in Marshalstown, Wexford, on the 25th April 1937. Eilish was the daughter of Martin and Minnie Murphy and one of 13 children; sister to Jim, Tom, Pat, Annamay, Martin, Willie, Peg, Ciss, Marie, Carmel, Kevin and Francis. Eilish came to Coventry in 1956 and shortly after met her husband Joe, they married 2 years later on 8th February 1958 at St Osburg’s Church. Eilish and Joe were blessed with 3 children, Maureen, John and Eileen. Eilish moved into her home in Coundon in 1960 and lived there for the rest of her life. It was a home filled with love, fun and laughter, which reflected who she was and what mattered to her in life. Her 3 children gifted her 7 grandchildren, Yasemin, Zehra, Joseph, Joshua, Adam, Kenan and Aleyna, who Eilish loved, cared for and adored. Eilish’s son-in-law, Serdar, and daughter-in-law, Mary, were much loved too. Eilish was a stalwart of the Irish community in Coundon, enjoying many events in the company of her close friends over the 60 years that she lived here. She loved socialising, but especially enjoyed a good old time waltz and game of bingo. The most important thing in Eilish’s life were her family. Everything she did in life centred on the family and she carried this on with her grandchildren who filled her with great pride and joy. Eilish lived her life in a loving and caring way, and this is obvious from the cards and tributes that the family have received from so many different people. Eilish would admonish you if you were to remind her that what she did was in any way remarkable. Eilish just did it because that’s the way she was.
Passed away on 29th August 2020
Requiem Mass – Thursday 17th September 2020
Passed away on 3rd September 2020
Patrick Joseph Horgan (Pat-Joe)
Tuesday 14th July at 10:30am
Wednesday 15th July at 10:30am
Passed away on 7th June – Funeral on 10th July
Passed Away 16th June 2020. Funeral on Wednesday 8th July at 11.15am.
Maureen Cummins was born Dublin in 1939. At the age of 18 she moved to Coventry with her mum Rose, younger sister Olive and younger brother Andrew. Their dad, Andrew had moved here to find work in the car factories. she met her future husband Austin Smyth in a local dance hall and they married in 1962, together they had 4 children Paul, Derek, Lisa & Michelle. she lived most of her life in Earlsdon and used to work at the GEC in Stoke where she won Miss GEC because of her beautiful looks and had her picture in the local paper. She later worked in various primary schools as a dinner lady, a job she loved as she loved children and they loved her. Often the kids would draw pictures for her and call her Mrs Smile. Her past hobbies included sewing, she made toys and clothes which she enjoyed doing. she loved all of her grandchildren and took pleasure in playing with them and looking after them, she will be sadly missed by all her family.
Passed away on 16th June. Funeral on Mass on Friday 3rd July at 9.30am.
Michael O’Shea born 21.11.31 in Coventry in Reed street in the city centre. His Father was Irish & his mother English. Younger brother to Tony. Was an alter boy at St Mary’s, 1 of the reasons he liked it so much was that the family didn’t have a lot & Michael always had tea & toast after serving early mass.
Left school at 15, worked in a shoe shop in Far Gosford St. Served his National service in the 11th Hussars & was stationed in Germany for part of it.
When he was working at the GEC he met Olive at a dance at the GEC ballroom. They married 26.3.60 at St Mary’s church. Unfortunately due to COVID the Diamond anniversary celebrations could not take place.
Michael worked at the Rolls Royce at Parkside & Ansty retiring aged 55.
Michael’s biggest passion was snooker & he was a captain of the Radford Social club. He also played for the Cox street club & the Jaguar Daimler Club. In later years he used to love watching it on TV as well as many other sports including football & rugby. He loved his holidays & he & Olive went to many lovely locations abroad. He especially liked Italy. He loved eating out & always looked forward to an evening in a restaurant.
Over the years Michael had many illnesses including cancer twice, he had open heart surgery & 4 knee replacements but he never complained & always remained positive. Michael used to look forward to his visits from Father Tom & to receiving Holy Communion. His faith was very important to him.
Michael was diagnosed with dementia in 2018 & in March this year he went into Lilbourne Court Nursing home which is where he peacefully passed away 16.6.20
Dorothy Rock RIP
Passed Away 6th june 2020. Funeral on Friday 26th June at 11.30am.
Dorothy was born on 9th August 1932 in Sunderland to Dorothy and Ted McQuillan. Two brothers, Ted and George followed. At the age of five the family moved to Coventry in search of work, where Dorothy attended Christ The King School and later moved to Our Lady’s Convent in Southam. She chose a nursing vocation and completed her training as a District Nursing Sister. Dorothy met John Rock through her brother Ted and on 21st September 1957 they celebrated marriage. They were blessed with three children, Simon, Sarah and Elizabeth and two Grandchildren Jack and Sally. Her Daughter and Son in laws, Lynette, Julian and Harry were very much loved too. She was devoted to her family and dedicated to Nursing. A caring, kind, gentle and loving mother, grandmother,mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunty, nurse and friend, fondly missed. Reunited now with John, her beloved husband. May you rest in peace.
28th March 1929 -18th May 2020. Funeral Mass CTK webcam 9.30 am 12th June 2020. Burial 1.30pm Canley Garden cemetery.
Patrick Joseph O’Sullivan known to most people as Pat or Patsy was born on 28th March 1929 in Galway ,Co Galway .He was the ninth of ten children born to John L and Sarah O’Sullivan.He had 6 sisters and brothers all of whom are deceased. Pat’s father died in 1933 and his mother died in 1940 so he and his siblings were looked after by their brother-in-law John Joe who was a widower. After he left school Pat had several jobs one of which was in the foundry in Galway. He liked sports and played hurling and Gaelic football for a few local teams in Galway and was a keen golfer in his later years. In 1951 when he was 22 years old Pat came over to England for a holiday, to visit his sister Nora who lived in Birmingham and decided to stay. He eventually moved to Coventry where two of his brothers and another sister lived. He stayed in ‘digs’ with a few Irish families in the Coundon and Radford areas and for a short time with his brothers. Pat had many jobs -he worked on building sites, in factories and in later life was an auxiliary nurse at Hatton Hospital. Over the years he did a lot of work for the parish as he was a member of the CMS and SVP and when he retired he was an altar server for a number of years. He also played football for Christ the King and was club captain and manager for one of the teams for a while.
In 1954 he met Winifred Hargreaves at a dance in Christ the King School hall and they got married on 26th December 1956 at Christ the King Church. They had three children Cecilia, John and Clare and had been married for over 61 years before Winifred died in 2018. Pat was father-in-law to Martin, Sylvia and Mark and his grandchildren Karen, James, Bethany, Joseph, Ellen, Mollie and Euan were very dear to him as were his great grandchildren Iris, Dorothy and Sadie.
Pat died on 18th May 2020 and finally got his wish to be reunited with his ‘darling’ Winifred
May he rest in peace.
James Forsythe RIP
Passed away on Friday 22nd May. Funeral on Thursday 11th June at Charter Chapel, Canley Crematorium
JJames was born on the 21st March 1929. The oldest son of Michael Forsythe and Elizabeth (McGarrel) in Feystown, Glenarm – a small village in County Antrim and the most southerly of the 9 Glens of Antrim. His father Michael was a gamekeeper for the Earl of Antrim and he grew up on the estate with his late brother and Sister Arthur and Mary and his youngest brother John. James had many stories of his life on the estate – of the pheasants, grouse and rabbits that he helped his father to cultivate, of catching salmon with a piece of string and knowing each bend in the river. When important gentry came to stay in shooting season James talked about how he often had to discreetly assist the less accurate guest who did not possess James’ skill or shot! The pheasant would land at their feet without them knowing that they had not as good an aim as they believed.
When his Father passed away, James moved onto work in the forestry where he worked until he encountered his future wife Kathleen McLaughlin at a few dances around Carnlough. She was visiting her sister Rose having moved to Coventry herself for work. Clearly, she had a profound impact and James decided to follow her to Coventry himself where he obtained work in the Jaguar car factory where he worked until his retirement in 1991. James and Kathleen were married on July 24th 1958 in St Patrick’s Church and went on to have three children Michael, Paul and Denise who he was incredibly proud of and was always available to offer advice and wise words.
Although James worked at the Jaguar factory, he always loved building and making things around the house. When they moved to Gaveston Road, just before Denise was born he would come home each night from work and then start on his extension project until late into the evening. James was always thinking of how to improve and design buildings. It became a standing joke when he visited each of his children’s houses about how he had redesigned their garden or thought of another use for a building or room and would draw out his plans to show them.
He looked forward to the Coventry fortnight each year to return home so that he could attend every hurling match possible and was delighted to accompany his brother Arthur to a couple of All Ireland Hurling finals in Dublin.
James loved sport, and had been a keen hurler whilst living in Feystown. When James retired, he discovered the joy of golf and continued playing well into his 80’s. Michael and Paul treasure the memory of their five-day golfing trip with their dad in 2005 to Ballymena and Greencastle. Although James was not a drinker he loved his Friday evenings in Christ the King with Noel Stewart and Jim Molloy where they put the world to rights and entertained each other with stories of their youth. We used to laugh that they were like the characters from the Last of the Summer Wine!
At 70, James was beginning to despair that he would ever have grandchildren and then nine arrived in quick succession. He was a devoted family man and got great pleasure from spending time with each of his grandchildren. They all have great memories of the strong relationship they had built up with him of stories, laughter and chats.
James loved country music and was very frustrated that he could not watch ‘Keep it Country’ on his TV in recent months. He could spend the day reading the newspaper from cover to cover and was knowledgeable on issues or politics across the world. James had a strong faith and a firm belief in doing the right thing and making the correct choices, which he instilled in each of his children. James was respected by all who met him and will be sadly missed. A handwritten slip of paper found in his wallet after his passing sums up the sincerity and honesty with which James led his life, it read: “Mean what you say and say what you mean.”
Derek Clarke RIP
Funeral Tuesday 9.30am
Derek was born in Coventry in 1938 to parents Ada and Norman. He had one younger brother Brian.
Derek was a very talented self-taught organist who started playing the organ for Shilton and Ansty church services at the tender age of 13. He then spent nearly 40 years playing at Stoke St Michaels before going to Christ the King. His part time organ playing career continued for more than 65 years.
It was obvious Derek had such a passion for music from a very young age and he became an Apprentice organ builder when he left school.
Derek met Kathleen and they married in 1959. They have shared a lifetime together, celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary last year.
Derek dedicated his whole career to his love of music, building and tuning organs up and down the country and abroad. Derek tuned Birmingham Town Hall organ for 40 years and was present at every recital. He was a very hardworking man who worked long days and sometimes long nights in order to provide for his family. Derek had many hobbies over the years including running an allotment, golfing, and photography, but his other real passion in life was his love of the odd whisky!
Derek was a lovely man who would have done anything for anyone. He was certainly a character with a great sense of humour.
Derek has 4 children, Lita, Petra, Russell and Corrie, 8 Grandchildren and had just had his 1st Great granddaughter.
His wife and his family meant the world to him.
Dorothy died on 7th May 2020. Funeral on Wednesday 27th May.
Dorothy was born in London but moved to Coventry with her adopted parents and brother as World War 2 broke out. They settled in Moseley Avenue where she lived for 65 years. She didn’t particularly like school and in later life discovered she was dyslexic. She left school at fourteen and discovered her lifelong obsession with children and babies by training as a nursery nurse. She worked at Poole Road Day Nursery and made friends for life.
As her friends started to settle down, she was the natural choice as godmother for their children and as a loving babysitter for her niece and nephew. But she remained single until a holiday in Spain saw her meet Joseph on the beach aged 37. They fell in love and within 4 years were married with two daughters, Louisa and Emma-Jane. They lived in London for 2 years, but came back to Coventry and lived with Dorothy’s mother, Monica.
Dorothy gave up work while the children grew up except for waitressing at local hotels in the evenings. But with the girls leaving Christ the King infant school, she was asked by the head mistress to start a play group in the school. This then led to her getting a job as a teaching assistant with the reception class. She was always the person who made the Christmas concert outfits, from Christmas puddings to animals, she spent all November sewing each year.
She was well known in the parish for her hair do. Her bun enthralled the children and she loved to tell them she kept marmalade sandwiches in it like Paddington Bear. She made amazing friends with the staff at the infant school who kept in touch with her all during her later illness.
After Joe died in 1994, she stopped working, but instead helped to prepare the flowers in the church each week. When the girls were married and had children she became a devoted nanna to Chris, Zoe, Ben and Drew. She spent hours in imagination play from driving a bus to serving food. The grandchildren adored her.
Unfortunately her memory started to deteriorate and she was diagnosed with Altzheimers. She was cared for at the Knowles Care Home for the last 3 years. But even to the end the thing that calmed her was having a baby doll to care for. She was happy and smiling and always pleased to see people throughout her last years.
Dorothy died on 7 May 2020 with her daughters with her and will be sorely missed
Passed away on Wednesday 13th May. Funeral on Wednesday 3rd June at Canley Garden Cemetery
Funeral Mass to take place on Tuesday 19th May at 9.30am
Jim (Gerald James) Horgan, late of Ealing & Hammersmith, at the age of 78, passed away peacefully on “Thursday 7th May, 2020” in Nazareth House with his constant companion and devoted wife of 54 years, Rose, by his bedside.
He is survived by his devoted family – his loving wife Rose, his daughters Maura & Rosemary, son in law John, their 3 children Sean & his wife Krissy, Roisin & Cael, brothers Patjoe, John & Michael, their families and many cousins.
Born on 3rd June, 1941 in Lixnaw, County Kerry, Ireland to Mary & James Horgan, Jim was the eldest of 4 boys. Both as a child and an adult, Jim loved dogs and didn’t believe dogs should be kept indoors, so chose to support Battersea Dogs Home instead of owning a dog himself. He read avidly until his declining health, relishing the access to news around the world that the internet gave him, becoming an avid silver surfer in later life.
After leaving school at 15, Jim left Ireland and migrated to England to earn a living working in hotels in Eastbourne, under the watchful eye of his Aunts Hanna & Kate. This started a lifelong love affair with Eastbourne, which Jim shared with his wife, their children and their grandchildren.
Upon turning 18, he moved to London and began a long career in Public Transport. First with London Buses, where he worked for 37 years, before retiring and then with British Rail and the Transport Police, fulfilling in part his dream to work in law enforcement, which he was unable to achieve due to poor eyesight.
Upon finally retiring for the 2nd time, Jim joined Age Concern, where he was recognized on numerous occasions for his service to the community and over 10 years of helping residents in Ealing, obtain the help and benefits they were entitled to.
Jim first met Rose at a dance at the Hammersmith Palais in 1964 which she was attending with her sister Alice. Initially only Alice would talk to him, but with determination he eventually won Rose over. Within a year they were married in Holy Trinity Brooke Green and a year later they had their first daughter Maura, followed by Rosemary the year after that.
For his honeymoon, Jim agreed to take his first and last return flight for 15 years with Rose to Majorca. They flew out in a storm and the turbulence in the small plane made Jim hate flying for ever more. However, 15 years later his daughters persuaded him to take them all to Spain for an Easter vacation and his love affair with Spain and travelling began, even though he continued to hate flying.
Over the next 50 years, Jim would travel with Rose, annually to Spain, often with other family members; many major cities in Europe; numerous places in America with his daughters and grandchildren, and even down to Australia to see Rose’s brother and his family. Jim loved a deal so the trips were often last minute or via odd routes or by coach if it was Europe.
The first 10 years of Jim & Rose’s marriage they lived in a maisonette in Shepherd Bush, attending Our Lady of Fatima church in White City, where the girls went to Pope John’s Primary School. In 1975, the family moved to a 3 bedroom house in Ealing. Upon arrival in Ealing, Jim joined the Knights of St Columba chapter at St Peter & Paul’s church in Northfields, where he served in various roles, including Grand Knight, for over 40 years. Through the Knights, Jim helped organize numerous fundraising
activities to help the Knight’s charitable causes and he and Rose were renowned for
catering the annual Christmas party.
Jim was a devoted family man and doting grandfather to Sean, Roisin and Cael. Nothing gave him more pleasure than spending time with his grandchildren either in America or in the UK. They shared a love of fun and football. “Grandad” had a deep and special relationship with each of his grandchildren from Sports, to Shopping to discussing History. Despite the distance, Jim had a close, special relationship with each of his grandchildren and they were as close as close could be. Together with his father and his brother John, Jim was a long suffering Fulham supporter and season ticket holder. His heart & nerves got a regular work out weekly every season, recovering just enough during the summer break to be ready to start
again, always with optimism for the next season. During the game, it was never just a game, it was life and death to the club and their supporters, like Jim & his brother John.
Jim will be buried in Hanwell City of Westminster Cemetery at 2pm Tue 19th May 2020.
Margaret Sweeney nee Hurley – Born 1St May 1939
Funeral Mass Monday 18th May at 9.30am followed by the burial at Canley Cemetery at 11am.
Daughter of Jack and Bridget HurleySister of Michael, John and Pat. Mother to Pat, Theresa and Bernadette. Nana to Gemma, Mia, Millie, Rosie, Fynn and Matilda
Whilst Margaret was born in Coventry only a few months before the start of the 2nd World War, her family decided to immediately move back to the family home in Cromane near Killorglin, Co. Kerry in Ireland.
This is where she grew up and attended the local school, Douglas National until the age of 13 when Jack and Bridie bought the family back to Coventry . Margaret finished her schooling at St Mary’s school atwhich time the family , lived in Hillfields , Bulls Head Lane and finally moving to Bolingbrook Road, Coventry.
When Margaret left school at 16 she worked for the GEC for a couple of years on the wiring tracks. She then moved careers becoming a bus conductor, where she had years of fun and told of many stories of the great times ,particularly when the buses came in very handy to transport her and her friends to the various dance halls.
She met the love of her life John, at The Banba dance hall on the Foleshill Road,. Margaret loved dancing and would find huge amounts of energy to keep dancing all night and often into the early hours, this will remain one of the families fondest memories of Margaret.
Margaret and John courted for just over 2 years and they married, some 59 years ago on July 15th 1961.
Margaret then trained as an Auxillary Nurse and originally worked at Paybody Hospital before moving to Walsgrave in the early 60’s. There was a slight problem with this occupation as she could not stand the sight of blood.
Patrick, Theresa and Bernadette were born when Margaret and John lived in their first family home in Stepney Rd, Stoke, Coventry. In 1967 the family moved to Coundon and have been an active part of our parish since then, living first in Forfield Rd; then having a short stint at running a corner shop in Earlsdon; before returning to look after elderly ladies in their home in Coundon Road. They moved Kingsbury Rd and finally to Woodclose Avenue in 1995.
Margaret loved change and that extended to family homes, where, as you can see there were quite a few. She also liked renovating her homes, poor John never had a rest, he was either knocking down walls or building them back up again, plastering and painting amongst a variety of other projects.
When the children were small Margaret worked in Bablake School as a cook and made lifelong friends there, she was also given the name Liz as there were too many Margaret’s in the team. She then moved to cook for the elderly in the Eric Williams Care Home, she was the life and soul of any team and always up for and created a good laugh.
As a tribute to Margaret, her wonderful colleagues wrote the following poem on her retirement day in 2004 which the family thought summed up Margaret perfectly:
Well the time has come for you to leave here, ‘cos let’s face it Margaret you now an old dear.
In that kitchen with blood sweat and tears, that’s the place you spent all those years
You’d bring us a dinner down on the truck, when asked what it was, you’d say “I’m not the cook”
You brought us sandwiches filled with fresh air, and now and again the odd grey hair
But when you were smoking in the smoke room you sat, for hours and hours chewing the fat
Then Sima would come and drag you away, and into the kitchen you would play
But that’s all over its time to relax, no more national insurance or paying tax
It won’t be long before John boots you in here, because we all know that’s your biggest fear
But don’t worry Margaret, we’ll be gentle with you, we’ll feed and bathe you and take you to the loo
So when it’s your time we’ll give you a ring, we know where to find you, in Christ the King
But stop all this messing we’re serious now, Margaret we’ll miss you, stand up and take a bow.
Margaret’s health had been deteriorating for the last 4 years with vascular dementia being added to her long term diabetes but she certainly was a fighter – in addition to the main illnesses, during this time she also suffered 2 broken hips; a broken neck and numerous infections recovering form each whilst still managing to keep staff on their toes and her family laughing when they visited her. Friends, neighbours and members of the parish have provided much needed love and support throughout these difficult times and John and the family would like you all to know how much this has been appreciated, thank you.
As a consequence of the care needed, just over a year ago she moved into Abbey Park care home and the family would like to thank all the staff who cared for her during this time and also huge thanks to the amazing staff at Walsgrave Hospital for their professionalism; dedication and compassion.
Even then Margaret fought right up to the end, even initially overcoming Corona virus, which she caught in hospital but this unfortunately left lasting damage and led to her peacefully slipping away from us in the early hours of May 5th.
Sadly her youngest child Bernadette died in 2016 and the family imagine the two of them will now be creating mischief in heaven, god rest their souls.
Friday 15th May 9.30am at CTK Mass and 1pm Canley Crematorium
Patrick Joseph – known as PJ to everyone. Passed away suddenly at home. PJ was born in ballaghaderreen in county mayo Ireland in 1948. He was the 2nd son to Thady & Julia and brother to Junior & the late Aiden. He moved to England in 1966 with his brothers where he began his working life as a chippy where he made many many friends and enjoyed the craic with them. After meeting his late wife Isobel whilst she was on holiday they married in the Gorbals in Glasgow in 1972 and then settled in Coventry where they then went on to have their three children, Paul, Julia and Theresa.
Children’s partners are Paul – Vanessa, Julia – John, Theresa – Ian, Grandchildren: James
Jack, Josh, Charlie. Living brother junior and wife Margaret and their children Chris, John and the late Joe. PJ Extended family in Glasgow, Coventry and Ireland.
Stella Griffiths (formerly Mulchinock)
Died 26th April 2020. Funeral Thursday 14th May. Funeral mass online 9.30 Christ the King. Followed at 3.30 by a private cremation. Donation in memory of Stella to Little Sisters of the Poor-donate (Birmingham home) https://www.littlesistersofthepoor.co.uk/donate-here/
Funeral Mass CTK webcam 9.30am on Wednesday 13th May. Committal 11am Canley Cannon Hill Chapel.
Funeral on Thursday 7th May. Mass 9.30 am CTK webcam. Burial 11 am Canley.
Funeral on Thursday 6th May. Mass 9.30 am CTK webcam. Stephen sadly died on 20/04/20
Stephen was a member of Knights of St Columbus at St John Fisher who meet at Christ the King. The picture is of Stephen with his late mum Sheila Sedgley his best friend who sadly died in June of last year.
Funeral Mass Monday 4th May 2020 at 9.30 am via live stream at Christ the King Church.
Firstly, to acknowledge all of the people who would have ordinarily attended in person, Anne’s funeral. Those relatives and friends who are also able to watch her funeral mass in Ireland, USA, Tasmania and Spain will no doubt have her in their prayers & sentiments. Annie Rose Finnerty was born in Moygownagh, County Mayo on the 2nd May 1929. She was the sixth of eight children born to Anthony and Ellen Finnerty. Her beloved siblings were Mae, Teresa, Lily, John, Tony, Patrick and Martin.
Anne was christened in St. Cormack’s Church & attended Carn National School in the parish of Moygownagh. She sustained a close, loving and nurturing family life with her parents & siblings in their family home and an everlasting loving bond was forged that remained between them all always.
Anne worked on the home farm until she finally left Ireland to find work in London, England in the 1950’s. Anne was already courting her future husband Jim and they married on St. Patricks Day – 17th March 1958.
Jim and Anne settled in London and had the first three of their children, before returning to Ireland to be closer to family members and to set up business. They had their fourth child in Dublin before deciding to once again move to England for better work prospects.
Finally finding their family home in Coundon Coventry, they once again settled and had their fifth child. Jim and Anne continued to raise their family of five children: Kevin, Bridget, John, Gerard and Maria. They remained happily married before Jim sadly passed away in March 2000.
Their choice to finally settle in Coventry was well considered as they would be surrounded by close friends – whom they treasured dearly and were invaluable to them – many sharing backgrounds from Moygownagh, neighbouring areas of Mayo as well as other parts of Ireland.
Anne has bid her farewell to a great deal of friends and loved ones and suffered an individual loss each time – a true testament to the friendships & relationships she enjoyed with each one of them during life.
As well as being a much loved & respected mother in law to Tracy and Steve for over 35 years, Anne was a devoted Nana to seven grandchildren: Stephanie, Maria, Fiona, Sam, Charlotte, Milly and Louie. She was also Great Nana to six great grandchildren: Isabella, Carter, Shay, Alexander, Ellie & Spencer.
Anne was a devoted Catholic and whose faith remained strong throughout her entire life. She was able to say & hear her prayers right to the end and she was privileged to receive all of the sacraments as she was given her last rites in her own home shortly before she died.
Anne’s life was all about what she could do for others. Her legacy is one that will have touched so many people over the years and each individual will have their own memories of what that means to them. She demonstrated unconditional love, care and concern for others and was selfless throughout.
Last January Anne enjoyed a unique experience devoted just to her, when over 30 nieces and nephews from Ireland reunited with her and the family in Coventry for a celebratory weekend. Their ‘Aunt Anne’ was in the best of spirits and she thoroughly enjoyed everyone’s company and the Craic. A great memory to cherish and a time which we all treasure very dearly.
Anne placed immense importance on being prepared for her death and if possible, to have a peaceful and loving one… Anne got her wishes and for that we are all truly grateful.
May she rest in peace.
Peter Ronan was one of four siblings, born in 2nd September 1960. He was the second child of Micheal and Winifred Ronan (who was mainly known as Una.) He was a little brother to Bernie and big brother to Christopher and Pauline. Peter was brought up in a loving and caring family. He enjoyed spending time with his family especially their annual trip to the co-op camp site in Rhyl. Pete was very athletic in his younger days, he enjoyed swimming, long distance running and was a member of the standard triumph boxing club where he trained alongside Micheal Christie brother of Errol where he got to the Warwickshire final of the ABA. Pete attended Cardinal Wiseman boys school up until 1976. After finishing school he worked as a capstone operator, then doing a few various job roles before starting at Jaguar Land Rover in 1984 where he worked up until 2018 when he was medically retired. Pete was firstly introduced to Linda in 1974 by his sister Bernie however it wasn’t until 1987 when they began dating. Peter was a gentleman and had old fashioned values, this was shown when he asked Linda’s mothers permission for her hand in marriage. Peter and Linda got engaged in 1988 and married in 1989. His first child Siobhan was born in 1991 and his second child Karl was born in 1992. He was a doting father to both his children and a kind and loving husband to Linda. Pete was always very proud of his two children and was left broken hearted in 2018 when Karl passed away unexpectedly. He found some comfort in taking over the responsibility of looking after Karl’s dog Skyla who he doted on. Pete’s untimely death has brought great sadness to his wife Linda, daughter Siobhan. Sisters Bernie and Pauline and brother Christopher. Plus all of his in-laws: Julie, Paddy,Tracy,Sandra,Vince, Gary,Caroline, Sue and Ellen. And also by his extended family and friends which there are to many to name. Rest in peace until we are all reunited.
Sheila Treacy (Nee Herbert) 07/02/1935-14/04/2020 —Aged 85 yrs.
Funeral Tuesday 28 April. Mass on Webcam 9.30am CTK. Committal at Canley.
Donations if desired, to Epilepsy or Cancer Charity of your choosing.
Funeral Friday 24 April. Mass on Webcam 9.30am CTK. Committal at Canley 1.30 pm