Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The passing of Henry Reeves

The Diary has learned of the death of Henry Reeves, of Crossakiel, Kells, Co Meath, and formerly of Athgarvan.

Predeceased by his beloved Georgina, Henry passed away peacefully at Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan, on Monday 6 August. He will be sadly missed by his loving stepdaughter Shirley, brothers Alister & Richard, sisters-in-law, Nuala and Ann, nieces, nephews, and his Godchildren Louisa and Simon.

His funeral service will be on Thursday morning in Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Donaghpatrick, Navan at 11am. This will be followed by private cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Donaghpatrick Church Fund.

Henry was a scion of the Anglo-Irish Reeves family who lived at Athgarvan through the 19th century and into the late 1970s, with a local background in milling and malting. One of his ancestors, Thomas Browning Reeves JP (1848-1910), was a noted cricketer, the holder of 119 caps, whose teams included Dublin University; Phoenix, Co Meath; and Gentlemen of the South of Ireland.

Henry lived in the former family home of Athgarvan House before moving to County Meath. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was a familiar figure within the Kildare racing fraternity, and well known around Kilcullen.

May he rest in peace.