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The late Billy O'Keeffe

06 November, 2015

It's with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Billy O'Keeffe, Elsinore Heights, Midleton earlier today. 
Billy was a Vice President of the club, a lifetime member and a tremendous supporter as are all his family. 
Himself and his late wife Jo spent many years in Slough, England where they played host to many exiles seeking employment, he arranged work there for many in exchange for their participation with some of the local GAA clubs where he was active. 
They returned to Midleton with their young family in early 70's and Billy became hugely involved in the maintenance of the club grounds for many years, looking after the pitch, and later overseeing the building of the stand and terracing. 
Billy also helped out at Bingo and at other fundraisers  on many occasions, he acted as an umpire for several years and up to very recent times he acted as a very effective "bagman" at the gate for Championship games, his motto was  "though shall not pass without paying" and boy did he carry this duty out to a tee. 
In his final few days under the wonderful care of Marymount his concerns were not for himself but for his beloved club, ye'd want to cut the grass in the field he said and he also wondered how we'd  cope with the Golf Classic in the future without his late friend Maurice Maloney.
Little did we all expect losing these two great characters and fantastic Magpies within a number of days, I'm sure they'll soon be together sharing many a Brandy and tales of old.
The Executive Committee would like to offer our sincere condolences to his daughter Mary (Quinn), son Liam, grandchildren Darragh & Coleman, his sisters and brother, all other relatives and his large circle of friends.  
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

The following are his arrangements;
The death has occurred of Billy O'KEEFFE Elsinore Heights, Midleton, Cork    

Billy O'Keeffe (Former Vice President, Midleton GAA Club), deceased. Peacefully in the presence of his loving family at Marymount Hospice. Sadly and Lovingly missed by his daughter Mary (Quinn), his son Liam, his grandchildren Darragh and Coleman, his sisters Mary and Annie, his brother Mike, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, friends and members of Midleton GAA Club. May he rest in peace
Billy will repose at his late wife's Jo, 1st Annivesary Mass on Saturday, 7th November 2015, at 5pm in Midleton Community Hospital Chapel. Billy will repose in T.Wallis and Sons Funeral Home, Riverside Way, Midleton on Sunday, 8th November 2015, from 5.30pm followed by Removal at 7pm to The Church of The Most Holy Rosary, Midleton. Requiem Mass on Monday, 9th November 2015, at 11.30am in The Church of The Most Holy Rosary, Midleton. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

In Bill's memory we will form a guard of honour on Sunday evening at Wallis's Funeral Home at 6.45pm and walk beside the hearse to the Church and again on Monday after 11.30am mass from the Church to the graveside.
Please wear your Club jacket or jumper if you're able to attend.    

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