TRALEE’S Joe Flynn, who captured and inspired the hearts of the town with his strength, attitude and wonderfully unique views on his battle with cancer, has sadly passed away.
Joe, a resident of Rahoonane here in town came to the attentions of the wider community after he conducted a very personal, inspirational and moving interview with a local paper about his battle with terminal cancer (click here to read).
During this interview he talked about his diagnosis, what he hoped to experience in his final few months and about how he was determined to be out and about and enjoying life as much as he could.
This writer never had the pleasure to meet the man himself, but from the stories I had from my those that did knew him well, you really couldn’t ever meet a nicer person.
After news of his passing spread today, there was one post by ‘The Castle Bar’ that stood out for this writer which I think summed up the man that Joe was:
“[There are} not enough nice words to describe Joe, but simply the nicest person I have ever met and maybe ever will.”
If we can all aspire to be remembered in such a simple, moving and wonderful way as Joe is being remembered today, then I think we’ll doing alright.
This writers thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and anyone lucky enough to have known him.
Reposing at Mc Elligott’s Funeral Home, Tralee on Friday evening from 4.00PM to 6.30PM followed by removal at 6.30PM to Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Parish Church.
Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday at 11AM followed by burial in New Rath Cemetery.
Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to The Palliative Care Unit, Kerry General Hospital.
House strictly private.