THERE was sadness felt throughout Enniscorthy and beyond recently following the unexpected passing of John Kelly (53), from 72 Westbury Woods, and formerly of Moran Park.
ohn died suddenly at his residence on Thursday, March 31, and his passing has saddened his family and friends and left an enormous void in their lives.
A son of Hugo and the late Joan Kelly, John had one son, Sean, and was well known around Enniscorthy.
A keen basketball player in his youth he played for the CBS and St Catherine’s Youth Club teams. He was a very active member of the youth club and it was through his involvement there that his love of pool was borne.
A true natural at the table, such was his talent with a cue that he represented Wexford on many occasions.
John loved travelling and he lived in many different locations before finally returning to settle back in Enniscorthy around 20 years ago. It was on his return to the Model County that he rekindled his love for pool.
In addition to being a keen sports fan John was passionate about music and had encyclopedic knowledge of artists and bands.
As one family member said: “He loved music and had a knowledge of artists and bands that was second to none.”
John was also known for his fashion sense and had a very unique style which meant he was instantly recognisable.
“He was a gentle soul who always had a word for everyone,” said one close family member.
John’s requiem mass took place in St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy, on Saturday, April 2, followed by burial in Enniscorthy cemetery.
John is survived by father, Hugo, his son, Seán, brothers, Danno, Gavin, Noel and Fintan. He is also sadly missed by his sisters-in-law, Bridget and Lorraine, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family and friends.