The city went into mourning after the death of Tom Malone, the founder of the Wicklow Boxing Club.
He coached many Leinster and national title holders and was described as a ‘boxing legend’.
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Wicklow Boxing Club founding member Tom Malone of St. Patrick’s Valley in the town of Wicklow was buried at Rathnew Cemetery on Monday at the age of 91 after a funeral service at St. Patrick’s Church.
He was Mary’s beloved husband for 67 years and they were both cared for at the Knockrobin Hill Care Home.
Tom was survived by a son, Owen, and is survived and fondly remembered by devoted children Paul, Glenn, Neil, Gail, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and family. increase. friend.
Father Donal Roche said Tom has a “great work ethic” and has had many occasions, including “going to various musical and sporting events.”
He also regularly took his family to Bray for swimming, but eventually realized his car wasn’t big enough, so he swapped it out for two coaches to take the local kids to swimming. I took him to a lesson. Fitness and health have always been a major aspect of his life, and despite having diabetes, in his 80s he still used a treadmill.
Both Tom and Mary regularly come to large crowds, and Father Roche recalled seeing the couple even after they moved in together on the Knockrobin Hill Care team.
“I looked forward to seeing them every Wednesday at Knockrobin and it was great to see the two still taking care of each other.
Born and raised in the town of Wicklow, Tom worked in Southampton for a number of years, first on the docks before setting up his own business.
He returned to the town of Wicklow in the 1970s and founded the Wicklow Boxing Club. He also ran a billiard hall on Church Street in the town of Wicklow and was a painter and decorator of great repute.
Johnny Cabana’s father Pat coached alongside Tom at the Wicklow Boxing Club during the club’s heyday in the 1970s and 1980s.
he said: At that time Wicklow Boxing Club would have been one of Wicklow’s strongest clubs in the 70’s and his 80’s. It was a very popular club, and since the town was much smaller at the time, most people had some sort of involvement with the boxing club. It must have been.
‘Tom was a great coach and a very nice person. He is highly respected by all who knew him and will miss him.”