Sadness at death of much-loved photographer before 41st birthday

Published: 2 Aug 2012 12:300 comments

A much-loved member of the community, Jarlath Concannon (pictured) passed away peacefully at his Enniskillen home on Saturday, July 28.

The popular young man, late of Woodview, Tempo Road, who enjoyed a wide circle of friends, died following a long illness, just one day short of his 41st birthday - July 29. Jarlath suffered from a degenerative condition, which he never let hold him back.

A photographer in the county for a number of years, Jarlath had also worked in the BT Call Centre in Enniskillen, where he made a lot of good friends.

A son of Patrick Concannon and the late Angela, he was educated at St. Michael's Primary School and St. Michael's College, before doing his A levels at Rupert Stanley College, Belfast.

He did a photography degree at a college in Derby and on his return to Fermanagh, he enjoyed working in Franco's restaurant, Enniskillen and he also did painting and decorating for a time.

In his work as a photographer, he took photographs for a number of publications and travelled around the county covering events.

Among his interests were art and antiques and he was close to his family, having a great love of his nephews and nieces.

He enjoyed travel, aided by his close friends, and he enjoyed visiting his sister in Germany on several occasions.

Anyone who knew Jarlath admired his great sense of humour, his wit and in the last few years his fighting will to live. He had a great talent in meeting really kind and loving people. His family is very appreciative of all the kind neighbours, carers, nurses, doctors, relatives and friends who looked after and visited Jarlath during the years of his illness.

His funeral at St. Michael's Church was led by the Rev. Fr. Martin O'Reilly and his friends were involved in the readings and prayers.

Ciara Gallagher organised the music and played the flute and Helen Hamill was the soloist. Burial took place in the family grave at Breandrum Cemetery.

Jarlath is survived by his father, Patrick, and his sisters Cora and Alan, Belfast, and Cathy and Christof, Germany; his eight nieces and nephews; the Concannon and Prior families and his many friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Angela, six years ago, and by his sister, Aisling, who died in 1974, aged seven. The funeral arrangements were by Mr. John McKeegan, funeral director.

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