Jim O’Shea (centre) receiving an award from Ronnie Delaney and then Minister Martin Cullen. Photo: Ferrybank AFC Facebook Page.
The death has occurred of Jim O’Shea of Ferrybank, father of Irish soccer international John and his brother Alan and husband of Mary.
Jim was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. A wonderful servant to Ferrybank AFC and formerly of Waterford Crystal. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him as one of life’s gentlemen.
The Football Association of Ireland today offered its sincere condolences to Jim’s family.
“Jim was involved very closely with Ferrybank AFC in Waterford since the 1970s, serving both as Chairman of the club and as Chairman of the schoolboys/girls section in that time. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with his wife Mary, and son’s Alan and John.
Speaking today, FAI CEO John Delaney said, “We are very sorry to hear of Jim’s death. He was a gentleman, a football man, and a great influence on John’s career. He will be missed by everyone in the football community in the South-East. We intend to honour his memory before the FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Austria in June.”
May he Rest in Peace.
On their Facebook page, Ferrybank AFC have paid a lovely tribute to Jim.
Jim O’Shea- A Ferrybank Man. A Friend of Ferrybank
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we express our condolences and sympathies to Mary, Alan, John and the extended O’Shea family on the extremely sad passing of Jim.
To even begin to try and quantify what Jim meant both to our club Ferrybank AFC and the wider community of Ferrybank in a few short words will be simply impossible. Growing up in Ferrybank meant at some stage in your life you would have to have come across Jim, through his endless and selfless volunteer work at Ferrybank Youth Club, St Vincent de Paul, Ferrybank Boys School, Ferrybank Parish and of course one of the most prominent and important people in the development of children in his club Ferrybank AFC for the majority of his life.
Jim would never have been one for limelight or praise or acknowledgement he simply went about his work quietly and effectively spreading his love of the game and his love of working with young people in our community with a passion. Ferrybank AFC would simply not be the club it is today without the work of Jim. In the bad times when we had no home, it was Jim who kept the show in the road putting hours of work into fields like Belmont and Murphy’s, when you were stuck for cars for an away game it was Jim who bailed us out when you needed people to run teams it was Jim who got them.
When lotto tickets needed to be collected on Sundays nights in the pubs of Waterford it was Jim who did it. A fantastic delegator and organiser who brought people with him and always his thoughts were that football in Ferrybank was for everyone – good players, poor players, people with a passion for a sport Jim wanted everyone to be involved. His passion was to give children an opportunity to be involved in something positive in life without barriers. Everyone was always welcome as Jim would say.
Jim got to experience some great occasions following John at Lansdowne Road or Old Trafford but he was as equally happy and content watching Alan play down The Village Grounds. A humble and more honest man you would not meet.
His sad passing today leaves a massive hole in our club which will never be filled but will give renewed impetus to carry on his years and years of tireless work and dedication.
We will of course Update funeral details as soon as possible.
May Jim rest in peace,
Broken Hearted Members
Removal on Wednesday evening from his residence at 7 pm to The Sacred Heart Church Ferrybank. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in St Killian’s Cemetery.
House strictly private please.
Read more tributes in Tuesday’s paper….