It is with great sadness…

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that my lovely husband and  undergardener, Ray, passed away on 3rd May. Unfortunately he didn’t make it home from the hospital, the doctors decided that his body wasn’t up to the journey, but all the family were with him when he passed away. My nephew Tim had flown over from Canada to be with us and he was a wonderful support for us all, his big hugs were just what we needed when we were feeling overwhelmed.

Ray’s Funeral Mass was last Wednesday and our little church was packed, such a wonderful tribute to a quiet gentleman. Everyone who met him took him to their hearts. The singing of the hymns was truly amazing and with the readings which we had chosen, made the service more a celebration of his life. Everyone commented on his wonderful sense of humour and I have to admit that our 51 yrs of married life was a life full of laughter. We all miss him dreadfully but are so lucky to have had him in our lives.

Ray Mulligan 1943-2017

Rest in peace my love, your long struggle is now over.

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my previous post. It made such a difference to us, knowing that you were thinking and praying for us all.

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24 Responses to It is with great sadness…

  1. Diana Studer says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you – sending another hug across the Atlantic Ocean.

  2. rusty duck says:

    Pauline, I am so very sorry. Another hug from Devon. Take care x

  3. Anne says:

    So sorry Pauline. Condolences to you and your family, and a hug from Sussex. Xx

  4. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Oh Pauline, I’m so sorry for your loss. How blessed you both were to have spent 51 years loving and caring for each other. Sending you a big hug and love. Wishing you strength as you adjust to a new life. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Caro says:

    Pauline, my heart goes out to you and your family. I’m so sorry to read of your loss and can empathise having lost my mum on the 9th May. I wish you lots of good memories, love and a quiet time to reflect back on a lifetime of happiness together. Caro xx

  6. Sally says:

    Pauline, My heart goes out to you and your family. Fifty-one years is a wonderful commentary on your love and commitment to one another. I love the second picture of Ray. He looks like he had a lust for life. God bless you all! xx

  7. Susie says:

    Pauline, I’ve been wondering how you were. So sorry for the loss you must be feeling. Condolences to you and your family.

  8. Cathy says:

    I am so sorry to hear this Pauline; you have had so many years together with so many shared memories and it will be strange to no longer have Ray in your life. I am so pleased that all the family were with him at the end and that he had a good send off. Love and thoughts to you all, Cathy

  9. Cathy says:

    Dear Pauline, this is such sad news – my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family, and hugs from Germany too. I hope your beautiful garden will provide solace and help you remember all the good times and laughter in the 51 years spent with your undergardener. All the best to you.

  10. Anna says:

    Oh I’m so very sorry to hear this news Pauline. Such lovely photos of Ray – the sense of humour you mention shines out of them. I hope that you will find some comfort in the beautiful garden that you created together. I will be thinking of you and your family and send you much love. Take care – Anna xxx

  11. Frank says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Pauline. My prayers are with you.

  12. Hayley says:

    So sorry for your loss. Condolences to your family also. Thoughts and prayers. Hayley x

  13. Chloris says:

    I am so sad to hear about your loss Pauline. What a great team you made and what a long and happy marriage. My thoughts are with you.

  14. Kate Patel says:

    Oh, Pauline, please may I offer you my most sincere condolences. I hope that the lovely and loving home, family, garden and friendships that you both created together over the years will provide a little solace.

  15. Denise says:

    Though we have never met Pauline, this lovely tribute to your wonderful husband brought tears to my eyes. You have been blessed indeed. My sincere condolensces to you and your family.

  16. Sue C. says:

    Such sad news. May your family and your garden give you strength through this difficult time.

  17. Alison says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this news about your wonderful husband and undergardener, Ray. How nice that the service celebrated his life, that’s the way it should be. You must have lots of wonderful memories after 51 years of marriage. My condolences to you and your family. I hope your garden gives you comfort.

  18. Julieanne says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this Pauline. My condolences for your loss. I hope you will be able to take comfort in the memories of your many happy years together.

  19. Christina says:

    I read your post with great sadness. I have been thinking of you during the last few weeks imagining you at home with the under gardener sharing some time together. I’m sorry you weren’t able to have that time together but I’m pleased that all your family were together. I know this time is very hard but I hope the wonderful garden you created together will give you joy in remembering all the good times you shared. I add my hug to all the others you have received. Christina

  20. snowbird says:

    How utterly heartbreaking…..I’m so very sorry Pauline, your lovely hubby looks just as you described him. Fifty one years is a lifetime and I can only imagine how difficult and painful this must be for you and yours….words seem so trite, but I’m sending you love and hugs, and it’s good to know you have friends and family around to comfort you. You take good care of you. xxxxxxx

  21. Jason says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. Words always seem inadequate on these occasions. Your husband sounds like a goodhearted and delightful man, much loved by those who knew him.

  22. Marijke says:

    Good morning Pauline,
    I wish you all the energy to carry this terrible lost.

  23. Helle says:

    So sorry to read this. What a great tribute to your husband, he sounds like a wonderful human being, may the memories you have help you get through this difficult time. All the best from here.

  24. debsgarden says:

    Dear Pauline, I am so sorry to read about your dear husband’s passing. He does have such a gentle, loving face! You continue in my prayers. Best wishes, Deb

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