The late Ellie Fitzpatrick
Ellie Fitzpatrick (nee Gleeson) was born in August 1933 and was one of sixteen children. She was brought up in Moher, Upperchurch and was extremely proud of same.
Ellie got married to Martin Fitzpatrick, Graffin and then moved to Graffin, Clonmore. She spent many happy years helping Martin on the family farm, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
There were three key areas which were significant to Ellie as a person: Faith; Family; Friends. Ellie was a woman of deep faith and had special devotion to Our Lady. She was a devoted Mass goer when her health permitted. Her faith was extremely important to her and this is what carried Ellie through her recent years, when she was challenged with various health issues.
Ellie ensured that the Rosary was recited with her family on a frequent basis and that Holy Water was sprinkled at the first sign of thunder and lightning. Ellie did Lough Derg on numerous occasions and did the Holy Cross Novena on an annual basis.
Throughout the years she was very proud of all of her family but particularly her son Eamonn, her daughter Eileen and her grand-daughter Eibhlin who played a key role in her care in subsequent years. She looked forward to the First Friday visits and enjoyed nothing more than a visit from the parish clergy.
Ellie was a wonderful mother and was a very family orientated person who lived for her eight children, daughter in law, son in laws and thirteen grandchildren. She loved to see them visit and spend time with her. Albeit that Ellie was not in the best of health at the time of Marian’s death in 2012, she was inspirational in how she managed this significant blow. She was a great woman to give honest advice and direction and was always content and happy when any of her family was in her company.
Ellie loved the country life and took a keen interest in her sons Conor and Johns’ businesses in Clonmore and Templetuohy. She was also very interested in the running of the family farm and enjoyed watching Bernie complete his work whilst looking forward to the chat after the day’s work.
Ellie had a very active and interesting life and was a very warm and well respected member of the communities of Upperchurch and Clonmore. She was a very kind and good natured person. She had many excellent qualities and was a very well-liked person at all stages of her journey through life. Ellie had an excellent character and was a very jovial person and enjoyable company regardless of the place, time or person whom she met. She was an excellent conversationalist and always had a kind word for everyone whom she met. She had a superb ability to trace family trees especially when it came to Upperchurch.
Ellie was an extremely sociable person and really enjoyed travelling. Consequently she had many friends from far and near. Whilst her son Conor was working in the US, Ellie visited New York and ended up staying for a period of 4 – 5 months. However during that time she very much made the people and the area of the Bronz in New York her own. She also visited Murty in London, of which she recalled many great stories. Ellie also travelled with her good friends in Clonmore to Lisdoonvarna, which she thoroughly enjoyed. In more recent years, she really enjoyed the car trips with Eamonn and was liable to end up in any one of the family homes in Kinitty, Clonan, Brosna, Gowran, Gortnahoue, Ballylooby or Upperchurch.
Ellie is fondly remembered for her perpetual smile, keen sense of humour and zest for life. She brought out the best in everyone and it was impossible not to be warmed by her infectious goodwill and kind heart. May the green sod lie softly on Ellie’s final resting place in Killavinogue Cemetery.
Ellie’s 1st Anniversary Mass will take place in St Ann’s Church in Clonmore on Friday 6th April at 7.30 pm. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.