Tributes on passing of ‘gentleman’ and community giant, Jimmy Murray

Warm tributes have been paid to the late Jimmy Murray of Rahara, who was a prominent and popular figure in farming and wider community circles over the past number of decades.

There was deep sadness at news of his passing last Saturday, which followed a period of illness. He was just 64 years of age. Tributes have highlighted Jimmy’s gentlemanly nature, and also the legacy he leaves as a committed community activist.

The late Jimmy Murray was widely known in farming circles. Active for many years in Roscommon IFA, he was also a former chairperson of Roscommon Mart. A keen businessman, he ran Jimmy Murray Agri Services.

Contacted by the Roscommon People on Wednesday, his neighbour Cllr. Laurence Fallon said Jimmy Murray’s death had cast a cloud over the entire area.

“We will miss him greatly. He had an enormous circle of friends. Jimmy was a very good community figure, always willing to get involved, whether it was with the school board or the parish council or any other body. He was a very active community man. He was fiercely loyal to people too. He was also a successful businessman and of course was very well known in the farming community”.

One common thread of the tributes that have followed his untimely passing is how Jimmy Murray is being remembered as a gentleman who always seemed to have a smile and a friendly word when one met him. His natural, friendly disposition and easy-going manner endeared him to the many people he engaged with from different walks of life.

Extending deepest sympathies to Jimmy’s family, Roscommon Mart announced that its office would remain closed from 10.30 am to 2 pm last Monday as a mark of respect.

Large crowds attended the family home on Monday to pay their respects. Removal took place on Tuesday to the Church of Mary Immaculate in Rahara, where there were a number of local Guards of Honour. After Funeral Mass, burial followed in Rahara Cemetery.

Jimmy Murray, of Ganaveens, Rahara, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 3rd. He is mourned by his wife and best friend Elsie, son Thomas, daughter Lisa, brother Michael, extended family, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.