Great Sadness: Passing of Thurles author just two days after book launch

Noel Dundon

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Bill Cooke

The late Bill Cooke who passed away on MOnday

Thurles man Bill Cooke passes to his eternal reward just two days after his book 'The Haunting of Castle Thurles' was launched.

There is great sadness in Thurles town following news of the untimely passing of well known, Loughtagalla Cross man, Bill Cooke - just two days after his third book was launched.
Saturday evening saw the launch of The Haunting of Castle Thurles in Bookworm, but Bill was unable to attend and the launch was performed instead by his son John and his great friend Paddy Loughnane. There was a great turnout of neighbours, friends and relations and Bill was kept up-to-date of proceedings as they were unfolding.
However, Bill had little time left to dwell on the success of his third book and he slipped quietly away to his eternal reward in the presence of family and friends on Monday.
Very well well known and popular locally, Bill was a key member of the FCA in Thurles and was a retired Captain.
His passing is most deeply regretted by his wife Eileen; sons John and Michael; daughter Marie; brothers Thomas and Sean; sisters Vourneen  (Barry) and Stephanie (Ruddock); grandchildren Padraic, Daniel, Eibhleann, Sophie and Lucia; daughters-in-law Mary and Carmel; son-in-law Anthony; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; cousins; extended relatives; home help carers; F.C.A. comrades; neighbours and many good friends.
Bill will repose at his residence this Wednesday evening from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, before arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles on Thursday morning at 10:15am. .
Requiem Mass will be held on Thursday morning at 11:00am with a private cremation to follow.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.