By Dan Walsh
Many tributes have been paid to leading Gorey businessman, Sean Stafford, senior, who passed away at his home, Ramsfort Park, aged 89 years.
Sean has been associated with the business, social and sporting activity links in the community and received many awards for his loyalty, commitment and contribution to the betterment of Gorey and its environs in many ways.
He retained close links with the community, freely socialised with the locals and was held in the highest esteem for his kindness to individuals and organisations within the community.
Born on December 31st, 1930, Sean Stafford served his time in the confectionary trade in Cork before arriving in Gorey on a motorbike in 1955 from his native Wexford town and setting up a family bakery on the Main Street.
He traded successfully on Main Street and sold Supervalu to Pettits before embarking on an exceptional path of business acumen that has made Stafford’s the biggest employer in Gorey. Today, Stafford Bakeries is a state-of-the-art bakery at the IDA Industrial Estate in Clonattin, and also operates the Joanne’s Café outlets at South Main St, Wexford, Main St., Gorey, and Main St, Arklow.
Cathaoirleach of Gorey-Municipal District Council, Cllr Joe Sullivan, was a close friend of Mr Stafford whom he described as “a charitable man who made a huge contribution to the economic life of Gorey.”
Sean served as treasurer of Naomh Éanna GAA Club for its first 30 years (with Cllr Sullivan as secretary, 1992-1998) at a time of expansive development and spearheading fund-raising projects. He was a fervent supporter of the club and held a keen lifetime interest in Gaelic games.
Dearly beloved husband of the late Lucy (née Doyle). Seán will be sadly missed and remembered with love by his son Seán, daughters Mary, Lou-Ann, Úna and his darling Joanne, sisters Frances and Olive, daughter in-law Michele, sons in-law Michael and Dan, brother in-law Barney (Murphy), sister in-law Christine (Doyle), his grandchildren Siún, Laura, Daniel, Cáit, Sarah, Tríona, Michael, Lucy, Seán Óg and Seána, nephews, nieces, extended family, large circle of friends and his valued staff.
Reposing at his home on Tuesday (November 10th) from 2-7pm (in accordance with strict Covid 19 measures). Removal on Wednesday at 11.15am to St Michael’s Church, Gorey (via North Parade and Main St) arriving for a private family Funeral Mass at 12 noon, followed by interment in St Michael’s Cemetery.
People are welcome to pay their respects to Seán as the funeral cortège makes its way to the church and cemetery.
Seán’s Funeral Mass can be viewed by logging onto https://www.stmichaelsgorey.ie/onlinemass.
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