If you ever needed to epotomise or personify the oft used phrase ‘A Community Man’ – then, Tom Wrenn fitted every imaginable category of that broad sweep.
Every baptised child, every holy communion, confirmation, wedding – Tom was there as parish clerk at all the important points in the circle of life of so many people.
Cordal GAA Club members will miss their chairman, inspirational leader, referee, worker and only recently honoured East Kerry Board servant.
Tom (63) and his beloved club have gone through so much together over the past few short years. From the low point of having their unplayable pitch closed down to the highs of having two different GAA presidents attending high profile club events.
The latest of these was the glorious occasion on which the facility reopened in June of last summer.
Long and loyal service was a hallmark of Tom Wrenn’s life and that extended to his career as a mechanic. As boy and man he worked with Ahern’s Garage for over 45 years. Ahern’s director, Pat Ahern, in paying tribute to Tom this morning said that Tom was one of the main men in the Ahern’s set up.
“He has been here a lot longer that most of us and he’s known throughout the county and beyond by people who have had vehicles tested here over the years. He’s a huge loss to us and another link with the origins of the firm lost, God rest him,” said Mr. Ahern.
There will be a lot more written about the late Tom Wrenn in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, their community and that of the GAA will gather around his wife Breda and daughter Bríd and mourn with them in their loss. May God be good to him.
The announcement and funeral arrangements for the late Tom Wrenn are as follows:
March 13th 2016, peacefully, at his residence after a short illness bravely borne. Beloved husband of Breda and adored father of Brid. Brother of the late Jerry R.I.P. Sadly missed by his loving wife and daughter, Brid’s fiance Daryl, brother Patsy, sisters Geraldine and Mary, sisters-in-law Eileen, Bridget and Tess, brothers-in-law Bill, Jimmy and Bernard, nephews, nieces, all extended family, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. Rest In Peace
Reposing at Tangney’s Funeral Home, Castleisland on Tuesday evening from 4pm to 7pm. Private removal from his residence on Wednesday morning arriving to Cordal Church for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Tobar na Bhfionn Cemetery, Cordal. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Irish Cancer Society c/o Tangney’s Funeral Home, Castleisland. House private please. May his gentle soul rest in peace.