Walter Loughrey – 30 September 2014 R.I.P – Obituary

Walter Loughrey, Past President, RIP

Tribute by Patsy Murphy.

It was with deep regret and sadness that we learned of the death of our good friend and colleague Walter (Wally) Loughrey on Tuesday last, 30th September. He passed away very peacefully, surrounded by his family, from whom he had received the utmost of care and attention during his illness.

Mayo Male Voice Choir members formed a guard of honour along with other musical and sporting organisations in his home town of Ballinrobe on Wednesday evening for the removal of his remains to St Mary’s Church. At the funeral service the following morning, the choir gallery was full as members of the MMVC and the local church choir joined forces. They sang the Mass together with hymns that included ‘Soul of my Saviour’ and ‘A Mhuire Mháthair’.

Wally was a very popular member of our choir and his mischievous personality insured that time spent in his company was never without laughter. He was a visionary from an early stage in his life and always looked for alternative ways of doing day to day tasks with a view to saving either time or materials. Many of our second basses will look back with a smile at the music sheets he would produce at practice which he had rendered unrecognisable from the original ones handed out the previous week to suit his ‘outside the box’ thinking. Wally had done a job on them and somehow managed to fit 8 pages into one or two at the most. How did he do it? We will never know, the only thing left on the page was the 2nd bass line. He reckoned the tenor lines and 1st bass line were only a nuisance and made it more difficult to follow. In spite of this no one knew their lines as well as Wally and you were never likely to hear him sing a note out of tune.

He was a great friend and comrade of ours in our weekly trips to Castlebar. A comrade whom we loved very much and are grateful for having known for so long. We will hold on to the memories of all those funny and happy moments we shared with him.

Mayo Male Voice Choir would like to extend their deepest sympathies to his wife Delma, sons Joe and Walter, daughters Mary, Deirdre and Jacqueline,relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

The death has occurred of Walter LOUGHREY
Abbey Street, Ballinrobe, Mayo

Peacefully at Swinford District Hospital. Pre-deceased by his son T.P. Deeply regretted by his loving family, his wife Fidelma, sons Joe and Walter, daughters Mary, Deirdre and Jacqueline, sons in law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends.

Rest in Peace

Reposing at St. Joseph’s Funeral Home, Ballinrobe on Wednesday evening from 6pm with removal at 8pm to St. Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 12 noon with the funeral proceeding to the New Cemetery, Ballinrobe.

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