The Late Jerry Brosnan, The Woodline, Knocknagoshel

As he’ll be remembered: The late Jerry Brosnan setting out on his final trip from Knocknagoshel Post Office after 43 years of service on the day of his retirement in January 2014. ©Photograph John Reidy 3-1-2014
The late Jerry Brosnan pictured with his late mother Hannah Mai and brothers, Tim (left) and Patrick and sister Ann at a retirement function in his honour at Knocnagoshel Community Centre in January 2014. ©Photograph: John Reidy 23-1-2014

The death has occurred of Jerry Brosnan, (70) The Woodline, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry.

Retired Postman, Jerry was predeceased by his parents, James and Hannah Mai and his brother-in-law Jackie.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Catherine, daughter Joanne, sons James, Diarmuid, and Michael, James’ fiancé Stephanie, sister Ann, brothers Patrick and Tim, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends.

May He Rest in Peace.

Postman from 1971 to 2014

The late Jerry Brosnan joined the Post Office in 1971 as a postman and he stuck to his post up to the time of his retirement in early January 2014.

That his long years of unbroken service were appreciated, Jerry was left in no doubt as, shortly after his retirement, a hall full of the people from his huge rounds gathered at Knocknagoshel Community Centre and gave him a send-off befitting his years of dedication.

130 Miles Per Day

At the time of his retirement Jerry told me he was covering an average of 130 miles per day and his area of coverage extended over three parishes.

Jerry’s duties also extended to helping the Leahys to  settle in Knocknagoshel when Sheila took up the post of postmistress in 1996.

“Jerry and his colleague, Ger Harnett showed me the ropes and what to do here. More importantly, maybe, they also told me what not to do,” said Sheila.

Fate Dictated

On the day of his retirement Jerry said that he was looking forward to helping out at the local GAA pitch – which was little with a mile back the road from him.

Fate dictated that he didn’t get the time he expected in his retirement years and his last post sounded far too soon after his last day as postman to his parish. May God be good to him.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at Leahy’s Funeral Home, Knocknagoshel, this Sunday evening from 5:30 to 8:00pm, followed by removal to St. Mary’s Church, Knocknagoshel.

Requiem Mass for Jerry will take place on Monday at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Knocknagoshel.

Family flowers only please.

Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Palliative Care Unit, University Hospital Kerry, c/o of Leahy’s Funeral Home.

House private please.

Date Published: Friday 31st August 2018. Date of Death: Friday 31st August 2018.

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