10 February 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The staff of The Northern Standard and R. & S. Printers Ltd., found themselves in deep mourning for the second time in recent months when they learned of the passing of Mrs Bernie Gray, 64 Beechgrove Lawns at the Mater Hospital, Dublin on Friday, 3rd February.
Aged 64, Bernie was the second in the family of 14 children of Patrick and Kathleen Smyth, Duncinaire and formerly of Dr. McKenna Terrace. Bernie’s sister Jean Sherry, Dr. McKenna Terrace, passed away at her residence on Saturday, 8th October 2011.
An integral part of the family business since she left school, Bernie started her working life with R. & S. Printers Ltd., as a bookbinder before progressing to the staff of sister company The Northern Standard where she eventually assumed the post of Company Secretary until recent ill health compelled her to give up her duties.
A hard worker who placed great store on efficiency, Bernie enjoyed a great rapour with all those who conducted business in The Northern Standard front office thanks to her engaging personality and vibrant sense of humour.
The centre of Bernie’s life was always her family of husband Kenny and son Kenny. She took a keen supportive interest in her sons boxing achievements with the Smithboro Club. Her family home was a model of style and cleanliness.
A fun loving person who loved socialising, Bernie had a wide circle of friends who could always be assured of her loyalty and companionship.
With her husband Kenny and son Kenny, Bernie is survived by brothers and sisters, Helen, Tommy, Martin, Maurice, Ann, Michael, Maeve, Cathal, Concepta, Roisin, Patrick and Colette.
She also leaves to mourn her passing her aunts, Mary, Theresa, Bernie and Anna, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and a wide circle of friends.
The large and representative nature of the callers to the family home and who attended the removal of her remains and funeral was eloquent of the affection and popularity, which Bernie enjoyed across the local community.
Her remains were brought from her residence for 12.30 Requiem Mass in St. Macartan’s Cathedral on Sunday, 5th February.
The Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr. Paddy McGinn CC who also officiated at the burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Latlurcan where Bernie was laid to rest close to her sister Jean.
The staff of R. & S. Printers Ltd and The Northern Standard provided a guard of honour outside the Cathedral.

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