Warm tributes to Castlebar's Tom Tuffy on his passing

The death of Tom Tuffy, Lightford, Castlebar, has evoked an immense sense of loss in the community.

He died peacefully in the care of the staff of Cuan Chaitriona Nursing Home, surrounded by his loving family.

Predeceased by his wife Madeline, brothers Fr. Edward and John, sister Bridie and baby Mary, he is deeply regretted by his daughters Anne- Marie, Maisie and Tina, sons Tommy and Shay, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, niece, nephews, sister-in-law, neighbours, relatives and friends, to whom deepest sympathy is tendered.

Many warm tributes have been paid to the deceased on the condolences page of the death notices website, RIP.ie.

Michael Farragher of Galway Flying Club said he first met Tom when he had his first flying lesson at the Oranmore grass airfield on September 3, 1972.

"Tom was a kind, patient and understanding flight instructor," he said.

In his tribute Pall Walsh said: "He was a wonderful man and we are all the poorer for his passing.

"However he will support us from on high as he plays his trumpet among the angels."

Others leaving messages of condolences described the deceased as 'a true gentleman'.

His remains will be reposing at Belcarra Community Centre on Thursday at 5 p.m with removal at 7 p.m. to his residence in Lightford.

Removal on Friday morning at 11.15 a.m. for Funeral Mass at 12 noon in St. Anne’s Church, Belcarra.

Burial takes place afterwards in Guesdian Cemetery, Belcarra.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.