The Death of Edward(Ned) Cleary


The death took place recently of Edward (Ned) Cleary on July 2, 2010.Not for Photosales

He died peacefully at his home in Derrygore Terrace, Enniskillen.

Born on January 17, 1932 in Mill Street, he was the fourth child of six born to Christopher and Margaret Cleary.

He was educated in the Convent and Christian Brothers’ schools until the age of 14.

He started his working career as a porter with the GNR and consequently has various jobs including the construction of the Erne Hospital, the Forestry, dredging in Lough Erne (where he discovered an artefact, now on display in Enniskillen Castle Museum), and finally 20 years in Unipork where he retired early due to ill health.

He made life long friends in all aspects of his life.

He shared an interest in music with his sister Barbara, who bought him many of his large record collection.

He had a keen interest in sport, particularly football. He would train with his brother Francy and friends in Mill Street, running up to six miles a night. In 1953 he joined Enniskillen Rangers with Francy where they went on to win several trophies.

He was also a fine darts player, winning many turkeys for Christmas dinner.

In 1958 he married Agnes Steele, also from Mill Street. They had five children, Mary, Christopher, twins Eamonn and Michael and Joseph.

He loved art and was an excellent painter, most of his work being of his native Enniskillen. He was a member of the Erne Art Group at Westbridge House where he enjoyed the company of his friends.

He also enjoyed reading, using that knowledge in his love of quizzes.

He was a most sociable man and loved meeting people. He liked nothing more than conversing or sharing stories with family or friends, never happier than in his garden on a fine summer’s day.

He was a lifelong Manchester United fan and made several trips to Old Trafford with family members.

Ned’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Michael’s, Enniskillen on July 4. It was celebrated by Mgr. J. McGuinness. The beautiful music and singing was by Helen Hamill. Ned’s sister, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, nieces and nephews contributed to the Liturgy of the Mass. Ned had a very strong faith that helped him through the bad times during his illness. He would have appreciated the beautiful Mass,

The funeral arrangements were carried out by John McKeegan, funeral director, Enniskillen.

Ned is survived by his beloved wife Agnes, children Mary, Christopher, Eamonn, Michael and Joseph, daughters-in-law Lyn and Michelle, son-in-law Gordon, brother Francy (Carlow), sister Barbara (Manchester), sisters-in-law Dolores, Anne, Teresa and Evelyn, brothers-in-law Bob, Ken and Charlie, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers Jimmy, Gerry and Greggy.

Ned was regarded as a wonderful man who will be missed by all his family and friends.

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