Nenagh was this week mourning the death of Nick Theato. Nick, who lived in Ciamalta Meadows, was involved in many community activities around Nenagh, including Lough Derg RNLI, Toastmasters, Vincent de Paul and MABS,
He was also well known to many of Nenagh’s Transition Year students down the years as he regularly took part in the progamme, passsing on his skills and knowledge of public speaking to them.
His friend and boating colleague Pat kelly, with whom he navigated the Shannon canal system in 2011 - the Silver Traingle - to fundraise for the RNLI, described Mr Theato as a “great friend” and an “inspiring colleague on the fundraising branch of the RNLI and on the operations team at the lifeboat station in Dromineer”.
Mr Kelly, who was due to set sail with his friend on their annual cruise on Lough Derg this coming Saturday, said: “He was a kindly friend and I spent some of the most enjoyable time of my life in his company.”
Mr Kelly said Mr Theato had “made a huge contribution to Nenagh”.
The late Mr Theato only retired as honorary treasurer of Lough Derg RNLI fundraising committee last April.
Eleanor Hooker of Lough Derg RNLI told the Tipperary Star: “Nick Theato was an outstanding and dedicated volunteer on the RNLI fundraising committee for many years and on the Lifeboat Operations team since the Station came on service in 2004. But more than that he was our friend, who was always there to give wise council. He will be missed.”
Mr Theato is survived by his wife, Mary; sons Nicolas, Paul, Barry and Ian; daughter Ann; sister Thelma, grandchildren and extended family. He is reposing in Ryans funeral home, Nenagh, this Wednesday from 5pm, with removal at 7pm to arrive at St Mary’s of the Rosary Church at 7.30pm. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 10am, followed by burial in Lisboney new cemetry. Donations if desired in lieu of flowers to Milford hospice or the RNLI.