Smyth, Midleton Men’s Shed member.
It was with great sadness, that after
a long, hard-fought battle with his illness, that Pierce, better known to many
of us as ‘The Perce’ and by his grand-children as Pe Pe, recently passed away.
Pierce was a gentleman, kind, caring,
soft, outgoing, and polite. His smile would light up a room. He was a quiet man, and just loved being
around people. He was extremely determined in everything he did, from sport, to
how he battled his illness to the very end. He never gave up, and even in his
final hours he fought his hardest battle with extraordinary bravery, dignity
Pierce was a loving husband to
Eileen, father to Damien, David & Robert, grandad, and a true friend.
Pierce was very outgoing and loved to
be sociable, and the sporting highlights of his week would be, Midleton Rugby,
cards at O’Meara’s and even a game of snap with his grand-kids! Pierce liked to
win at them all.
He loved going to the Men’s Shed,
where he was an active member for many years, and was responsible for dragging
me into joining. Even if it was just for
a coffee and a chat and the odd biscuit, he’d be there!
Pierce would be first there too, and
as soon as we would arrive, he’d ask if we wanted a cuppa & a cookie, if
there were any left! He did like his food!
On any other day, he’d head into town
and meet up with his brother Ivor, who was always there for him, and happy to
head to where they thought had the best toasted special or coffee.
Pierce worked as a salesman for
Hanover for over 30 years and until he retired, and his red van was a big
feature in his family and sporting life; it was regularly seen at all the rugby
matches country wide, sometimes serving as taxi, and changing room, and Pierce
would be there, coaching his three sons before a game, the only things missing
were a toilet & fireplace.
The Perce had a really competitive
spirit. We knew him whilst playing at Midleton College and thereafter for Midleton
Rugby Club and anyone who experienced his tackling – round the ankles – knew
they had been tackled, a skill he passed this onto his sons. A great pair of
It’s hard to believe that Pierce has passed on from us. He is now at
Midleton Shedders will miss him.
Our Men’s Shed group meets
weekly at 11.30 on Friday mornings in the Edmond Rice Centre, and we welcome
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