Tributes paid as former Birr hurler passes away in Canada

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Tributes paid as former Birr hurler passes away in Canada

St Brendan's Park

Birr GAA have led tributes following the death of former club hurler Paddy Wycks who died in Canada last week.

"We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the Wycks family on the death of Paddy who died in Ontario, Canada last week," the club said.

Paddy represented Birr at senior level winning an Offaly SHC medal in 1946 before moving to Canada in the 1960s. He died on Monday, January 7 at the age of 93.

PICTURED: The late Paddy Wycks who is fondly remembered in Canada and his native Offaly

Patrick is survived by his wife Anne (Quinn) of 59 years, sons Brendan, Desmond and Michael, daughters Gerri and Bernadette, grandsons Ryan and Kevin Wycks, granddaughter Phoebe Dupuy-Wycks and extended family.

After living in Toronto having left Birr, Patrick and Anne settled in London, Ontario in 1966, where they spent their lives.

Patrick worked for 20 years at St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital as a Rehabilitation Officer, assisting discharged patients to transition back to life in the community. Enjoyed retirement for 35 years and remained sharp-witted into his 90s.

Paddy will be buried in London, Ontario on Tuesday, January 15.