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Leahy, Jeremiah (1837–1907)

from Queanbeyan Leader (NSW)

When the news spread around Gundaroo on Tuesday that Mr. Jeremiah Leahy had died suddenly that afternoon the majority appeared stunned. He was in his usual good health when he visited Mr. McEnroe's butcher's shop about four o'clock. Half an hour afterwards he was picked up close by the woodheap it was at once seen that life was extinct. He was born at Back Creek, Gundaroo 69 years ago, and had never been away from the district except on a holiday. He was a strong healthy man of robust build and had a bluff hearty manner, and a cheery word for everyone with whom he became associated. His athletic form will be sadly missed in the village, especially by the juveniles as he was a popular favourite with the youngsters.

He had a very comfortable picturesque cottage, which ornamented our main street. He made money butchering in the early days, and led a retired life for some years. He leaves a young widow, as well as three sons and a daughter by his first wife, and the deepest sympathy is felt for them by a large circle of friends in this and surrounding districts. The funeral on Thursday afternoon was one of the largest ever seen in Gundaroo. The remains were laid at rest in the Roman Catholic cemetery overlooking the township, the last rites being performed by the parish priest from Gunning.

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'Leahy, Jeremiah (1837–1907)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/leahy-jeremiah-24625/text33295, accessed 13 November 2019.

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