By Dan Walsh
Long time member and President of the London Wexford Association, Michael Sills, Willesden, London, and Kates Cross, will be laid to rest in the family plot in Murrintown Cemetery on Thursday following 10.30am Mass in St. Catherine’s Church. He passed away on Sunday, April 3rd at his home in London.
Born on February 28, 1946, Michael was a native of Murrintown, resided in Willesden, London. Michael travelled to London at the age of 22 and worked in the cosmetic industry. In 1972 Michael married his wife Bridget in St Mary Magadline Church in Willesden, London and had two children Damian and Joanna.
He first joined the London Wexford Association in 1969 taking up the role of Registrar, years later he became Treasurer and then served many years as Chairman to lead the association to great success.
Michael was renowned for being generous with his time and commitments to many Irish organisations throughout his life and never missed an opportunity to foster positive political, sporting and cultural interaction between the Irish community in London and Wexford natives at a time when travel was difficult and communications were slow.
Michael was a modest man and picked up a few awards in his time. In 2009, he was declared ‘Rehab Wexford Person of the Year’ at a black-tie ball held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. The award was in recognition of his contribution to the work of the London Wexford Association. “The Wexford Association will be really delighted with this,” he humbly responded.
He was a kind and honourable man who lived a life fulfilled and his final dream will be realised when he takes his eternal rest in the soil of his birthplace reunited with his family, neighbours and friends.
FAMILY NOTICE; MICHAEL SILLS, Willesden, London and Kates Cross, Murrintown. Son of the late Robbie and Dolly. Beloved husband of the late Breda. Father of Damien and Joanna. Brother of Anita, Patrick and the late Victor. Sadly missed by his family, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, daughter-in-law Anna, brother-in-law Chris (Joe), extended family, relatives and friends. R.I.P.
Funeral Mass shall take place at 10.30am on Thursday, May 12th, at St. Catherine’s Church, Murrintown. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.