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In memory of Bridget Doran

Funeral Brigid Doran

 

Brigid was born in 1936, the 4th child of John and Mary. The family lived on the Scarva Road, Gilford and Brigid attended the primary school on Chapel Hill before leaving at the age of 14 to work in Gilford Mill.

Brigid met and married her husband Sean here in this church on 28th March 1953 when she was 16 years old and they set up home in Cross Row before moving to Castleview. After working for some time in Craigavon Primary School, Brigid worked in Bannvale Special School as a cook She was famous for her chicken pies! In fact, her cooking was so much in demand, if you wanted to be included at the Sunday dinner table, you had to book your place on the Saturday evening!

Brigid was very much a community person and a parish person. Serving on several committees in the parish, Brigid lived her faith to the full. Caring was second nature to her and she visited Lourdes many times as a helper. She also cared for her own mother and her mother-in-law. It is obvious that this caring was handed on to her daughter Mary who devoted every spare minute to caring for Brigid over the last number of years.

Herself and Sean were inseparable – they went for country walks together every Sunday and never tired of each other’s company. Sean was renowned for his sense of humour and he loved teasing Brigid – of course Brigid loved it too. She attended the Stanmore Craft Club where she loved to knit and of course loved a game of bingo! Travelling abroad was also a favourite and she went on many foreign holidays but was sorely disappointed when a planned flight on Concorde for Mary’s 40th birthday was cancelled at the last minute! Shopping was a hobby and she loved a wee trip to Marks and Spencer’s in Sprucefield

Heartache also played a part in Brigid’s life with the tragic death of grandson Shane in 2000 and son Nigel in 2014. She also bade farewell to her life partner of 58 years when her husband Sean passed away in 2011.  

Her 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren were a big part of her life and they were devoted to her. After Sean’s death, she was completely lost and then when Nigel’s died, her health began to deteriorate, as if a light had gone out. Four and a half years ago, Brigid went to Rosemount Care Home in Portadown where she was loved by all the staff. On 8th November this year, Brigid’s health took a downward turn and she passed away on Monday morning.

Tullylish Parish offers its sincere sympathy to Bridget's children - Joseph, Mary and Peter, her siblings Molly, Margarert, Michael and Joe, her grandchildren, great grandchildren, son-in-law and daughters-in-law.

May she rest in peace.

 

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