It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of our great friend and very loyal member of our choir, Bernie Hughes. Such was Bernie’s commitment to the choir that even though he was still convalescing
after his illness before Christmas he was back chatting, joking and singing with his fellow second tenors. At that time, it was obvious to all of us how much the choir meant to him. Everyone was thrilled to see him back – it was ironic that on that very night Aidan Brett was organising signatures on a very large Get Well card and it was wonderful to see Bernie walking in the door just at that time. However, it was with very heavy hearts that we learnt after Christmas that he was ill again.
Bernie will be sorely missed by all the choir and the esteem he was held in was in evidence at his removal from his sister Phil’s home on Monday Jan 27th to the Church of the Holy Rosary. Even though it was a really wet and windy night a guard of honour was formed at the church for our friend and fellow choir member. His funeral mass was held on Tuesday 28th at 11am. Our choir were privileged to take part on this sad occasion. They joined the Church of the Holy Rosary Choir and the combination of choirs was very much appreciated by the congregation. The final hymn was “Speed Your Journey” as Bernie’s coffin was leaving the church. Mayo Male Voice Choir would like to extend our symphathies to Bernie’s immediate and extended family on their sad loss. May he rest in peace.
The death has occurred of Bernard (Bernie) HUGHES
Thomas Street, Castlebar and 11 Springfield, Castlebar, Mayo
Reposing at the residence of his sister Phil, 14 Garyduff Drive this Monday evening from 5.30pm with removal at 7.30pm to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar. Requiem Mass on Tuesday morning at 11am followed by burial in the Old Cemetery.
Date Published: Monday 27th January 2014