Tributes have poured in for a Wexford GAA stalwart..
Tributes have poured in across social media after hearing of the passing of Willie Carley Snr. The Faythe Harriers GAA club in Wexford, who Willie played GAA with and was a central member of, have led the tributes for the popular Wexford man.
Along side GAA, Willie is remembered fondly for his time as a teacher in Enniscorthy CBS where he left a lasting and positive impact on his students.
In a tribute issued to Facebook, the club stated:
“It is with great sadness today that we learn of the death of Willie Carley Snr. Willie was a player with our club, a Senior County Medal winner, a former Club Chairman & a former Senior team manager. Willie was raised in Maudlintown & was a noted boxer & hurler in his youth. He played a major part in our Senior hurling county final win in 1981 and later went on to lead the club for a number of years as our Chairman.”
“Always jovial and full of fun, Willie was great company and always fun to be around. He was a great man to tell a story but it was impossible to know whether or not he was telling the truth!! Even though love and family took him out of town to Lambstown, he always remained first and foremost a “townie”!! Even after being out of town for so long, he was still held in such high esteem within the club that he was asked to do the eulogies for 2 of his great friends & 2 of our greatest ever members in the late Liam Bennett & the late Pat Murphy. His sons went on to play at the top level for Glynn-Barntown, but the lads will tell you that he always remained a Harrier at heart. Rest easy Willie, heaven has gained a great joker & great raconteur!! Sympathies to all of Willie’s family at this time, May He Rest In Peace,” the club said.
Willie was the beloved husband of Catherine, loving father of Angela, Shane, William, PJ, Mark, Paul, and Paschal and brother of Francis, Richard and the late Thomas, Theresa and Mary. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, daughter, sons, sisters in law, brother in law, daughters in law, son in law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Due to government guidelines, a family funeral will take place on Wednesday for (max) 50 people. If you would like to leave a condolence message for the family, please click on the link below and you are welcome to view Willie’s requiem Mass on www.wexfordparish.com at 12 noon at Bride Street Church walking to church on Wednesday morning at 11.30am.
Burial will take place afterwards in Glynn Cemetery.
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