The death has occurred in Portlaoise of Jimmy Hilliard, a much-loved community man who made a valued contribution to numerous groups around the town.
For many years he operated the old scoreboard in O’Moore Park and was diehard Portlaoise GAA man who sold countless lotto tickets for the club over the years.
Indeed the family have been actively involved in O’Moore Park through the years with his brother Tommy selling ice creams in the ground on the big match days.
From Marian Avenue in the town he was predeceased by his wife Alice. He is survived by his sons Noel and Elizabeth and deeply mourned by their partners and family, his seven grand children and 11 great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and many friends.
Active in the Portlaoise Men’s Shed, they also paid a lovely tribute to one of their most popular members.
“It is with great sadness we got news of the passing of one of our members Jimmy Hilliard a true Portlaoise townie.
“He was one of those special people who did not pass through life unnoticed.
“His good humour and sharp wit brightened up any place and especially in the shed you were always guaranteed some fun when he got going.
“We will miss him. Rest in Peace Jimmy – from all the lads at the shed.”