Dan O’Connor, late Sacristan, St Michael’s Church, Blackrock
The recent death of Dan, as a result of a tragic accident, caused great shock and sorrow in our Parish. Dan acted as Assistant Sacristan for some years before becoming full-time Sacristan on a voluntary basis. He was greatly loved in the Parish and faith, family and friends were most important to him. He was always a very welcoming presence when people came to the Church. He was always willing to get ‘stuck in’ when there was work to be done. He was always most accommodating when people were preparing for special events.
He had three very special annual projects in our Church, namely the Walk-In Christmas Crib, the Easter Garden and the Garden of Remembrance in November. He was a leader and an inspiration to a great group of voluntary helpers in the Parish.
He helped to prepare for many events in our Parish Centre. He loved parties, would sing a few songs, play his mouth organ and would dance merrily and he cheered us with his wit and humour. He was a man of deep Christian Faith and commendable integrity, he will be sadly missed. On the 29th September 2016, Dan was the proud recipient of The Benemerenti Medal, which is an honour awarded by the Pope to members of the clergy and laity for service to the Catholic Church.
We extend our deepest sympathy to his children, Charles, Donal, Siobhan and Padraig, to his sister Eileen and to the extended family.
May his noble soul rest in peace in God’s Heavenly Home.