On the occasion of Jim’s first anniversary, his wife Betty, sons Gary, Paul, Mark and daughter Clare, would like to express our thanks. Along with his daughters in law Rachel and Jonna, son in law Danny, his brother Fr Pat Cogan OFM, 2 sisters Breda Carey and Eileen Geary, his 7 grandchildren and extended family, we would like to express our appreciation for all those who sympathised and supported us through our loss.
From Sweden to Sligo, Crossmaglen to Clare, Perth to Virginia and everywhere in between, your messages were appreciated. We are very grateful for the phone calls, Mass cards, online messages and visits and to those who cleaned the house, minded the kids, brought food and generally looked after us. In particular thank you to Nikki and Valerie.
A special thank you to everyone who travelled long distances from across the country to be with the family. Especially to Betty’s family from Armagh, you shouldered a lot and kept us in good spirits.
Thanks to the large number of An Garda Síochána who paid their respects, especially from Watercourse Road and Naas.
Our wonderful neighbours in Turners Cross need a special mention. For their watchful eyes, kind words and linking arms during Jim’s long illness, we will be forever grateful. Thanks to The Cork Alzheimers Café and the friends of St Finbarrs, for their continued support for Betty. Their assistance and advice proved invaluable during Jim’s illness.
To Jim’s ‘home from home’, Brídhaven nursing home in Mallow, words will never be enough. Thank you for your professional support, kindness and respect. You filled Jim’s days with love, laughter and song and thank you for caring for Betty and all of us during his final days and making his passing so peaceful.
A heartfelt thank you to Jim’s brother Fr. Pat Cogan OFM for his beautiful funeral Mass. As always, you included all the family, it was a poignant and personal ceremony in very sad circumstances for you. To Jack, in our beautiful church in Turners Cross, thank you for looking after us so well. To our wonderful florists, Cork Flower Studio and our singer Mary Sexton, thank you both for making our celebration of Jim’s life a memorable one. To Paudie and Dean at wearewibble.com, thank you for all your hard work in producing Jim’s beautiful memorial cards.
To Billy and all the staff at Sullivan’s funeral home in Turners Cross, your professionalism and personal touch was noticed and very much appreciated.
To all our very special friends and family, thank you for your continued love during the year. It is always appreciated. Jim is gone but not forgotten.
A gentle man with a song in his heart.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam