Frances Brennan: Thank you for a wonderful life of love, laughter and kindness
FRANCES Brennan was my one and only love and will be forever.
I took early retirement almost three years ago to look after her and even though it was so hard to watch her health suffer, they were the happiest years of my life because I told her every day how much I loved her.
If she had asked me to climb Mount Everest I would have done it and I thank God for blessing me with her presence for the last 33 years.
Frances always made us promise that if anything happened we would never divulge her date of birth and, despite being asked many times, we will keep our word.
What I can say is that she was the only child of Frank and Sally McConville (née McCambridge) and was brought up surrounded by loving family in Cape Street in west Belfast, a place she always was immensely proud of.
Frances attended St Mary’s Primary School and St Louise’s College and joined the civil service, where she spent many happy years in the Public Record Office.
She developed a deep love for genealogy and away from work used her extensive knowledge to help people researching their family trees.
Her mother Sally was renowned for her kindness and care for others, and Frances took on this mantle.
She was a giver, never expecting anything in return, and cared for a number of close relatives and friends in a totally selfless way.
Frances was a fount of information and the contact point for anyone needing advice on legal, financial or government matters. She worked voluntarily in Albert Street Credit Union, a role she undertook with typical passion and commitment.
She was also a keen squash player and loved music and dancing. She would often talk of the great times spent in the Celebrity Club.
It was while working in PRONI (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland) that I met Frances in 1984 and we were married the following year.
The arrival of Paul Jnr and Michael brought us great happiness and Frances devoted her life to giving “her boys” the best start possible.
She was a truly devout person with a deep faith and love for St Padre Pio. Frances had no time for idle gossip and would rarely be heard criticising or putting anyone down. She supported a number of charitable organisations for many years, and her generosity knew no bounds.
Over eight years ago she was afflicted by Lymphoma, followed by several other serious medical conditions. Despite these, she maintained her beautiful presence around our home and thankfully was able to see her boys marry.
In 2016 we also experienced the added joy of the arrival of our granddaughter Amelia.
Frances passed away peacefully at our home on Oakhurst Avenue on December 27 2017. She was a private person but the presence of so many relatives, friends and neighbours at our home and her Funeral Mass spoke volumes about the love so many held for her.
Her month’s mind will take place on Saturday January 27 at 10am in St Anne’s Church, Kingsway, Finaghy.
Thank you Frances for our wonderful life together of love, devotion, laughter, kindness and happiness.
Until we meet again, love you always from Paul, Paul Jnr and Michael.