Remember Pat Hooper

Thinking about the late, great Pat Hooper, God rest him (16-10-2020)

Pat’s sudden death, age only 68, last Friday was a big shock.

Funny thing, it seems his work was done. His time was up.

The Raheny 5 is cancelled this year. It was his BIG thing every January.

He started it over 30 years ago.

4000 runners. A great day. The start of Spring every year.

Pat was a great mentor to young people.

My step son, Pauric, age 17, was close to Pat.

I really liked him too. Like a big brother. The reliable type.

He could be gruff but he was very good natured.

He had a GREAT sense of humour. A great friend to very many.

He did a lot of good for a lot of people. Giving his time and  energy.

A VERY kind man. He had a hard life. Deeply compassionate.

Pat was really a legend. A great community man. A giver of himself.

Highly disciplined. Pushed himself hard. Great for going to funerals too.

His children, Dave and Bronagh, loved him very much. We all did

The remaining Hoopers, Maura (my wife), Nuala, Dick and Sr Eileen are all close. Joe Hooper, the eldest brother, died a few years ago in America, God rest him too.

The great, longstanding family joke is that Pat was ALWAYS late for our Christmas gathering. Predictably.

That was Pat. His own man.

T