1932 - 2010
Photo: Courtesy of Molly Tinneny Curran
William Tinneny, was the fifth child of
Francis Tinneny of Belturbet, Co. Cavan,
Ireland and his wife Margaret Coleman. He was the grandson of
Annie Dolan of Belturbet. Willie
was born August 31, 1932 and baptized
at Saint Tierney's Church in Roslea,
Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. His godparents were Luke Keenan and
Catherine Connolly. He was raised in Roslea and attended St Tierney's
School there. As a teenager Willie enjoyed fishing and going to the
It was difficult to find a job locally in those days, Willie decided to
go to England in 1955 at the age of 23. He settled in Crewe Co
Cheshire, England where he worked as a porter in the local railway
station. He remained in this job until 1993 when he retired after 38
years of service. For many years he lived
at 27 Greystone Park, Crewe, Cheshire, England.
A single man with no
children, Willie enjoyed travelling. He visited Canada to see his
sister Madge. He also went on several bus tours throughout Ireland, to
include Donegal, Kerry and Kilarney. He enjoyed the odd bet on the
horses and indeed was very lucky.
Photo: Willie with his
sister Madge during a visit with her and her family in Canada. Courtesy
of Molly Tinneny Curran.
known for being good to his mother and indeed to the entire family. He
regularly sent his mother money from England to ensure she was
comfortable in her old age. He made two visits home to Roslea per year
to see her until her death in 1979. From then on until his health
deteriorated he came back to Roslea every year to see his sisters Molly
and Betty. His sister Molly recalls how kind and generous Willie was.
Every year, until each of her three daughters reached 16, Willie sent
them a check for their birthday and Christmas, this was an
indication of Willie's generosity and good nature.
When he was
admitted to the hospital on March 17, 2010, his sister Molly travelled
to England to visit him. Willie was diagnosed with dementia and
transferred to a nursing home since doctors said he wouldn't be fit to
make the journey home. Then in early July he suddenly suffered kidney
failure and died on July 20, 2010. His sister Molly returned to England
for the second time to see him before he passed away.