John Bernard Obituary, Death- The sudden and tragic death of John Bernard, a treasured member of our community, has left the Ballygarvan GAA Club in deep mourning. It is with heavy hearts that we express our condolences. John, who was affectionately known as “Guyser” among his friends, passed away suddenly, leaving behind a legacy of unflinching loyalty to the Ballygarvan GAA family. His death came as a shock to all of us. Ballygarvan was a location that carried a special significance for John throughout his life because it was where he was born and raised.
John’s influence went well beyond the confines of the playing field because he was not only a former player but also a loyal supporter of our cherished club and an amazing fundraiser for it. His devotion to the Ballygarvan Teams and his enthusiasm for their successes shone through in every roar, every goal, and every achievement. Notably, John took a great amount of satisfaction in the recent exploits of our Junior Footballers, celebrating their triumph in the South-East Championship as well as their success in reaching the County Quarter-Final.
His upbeat demeanor, which was frequently audible in the form of applause and chants, was a manifestation of the true enthusiasm and pride he felt for the team. John’s unwavering vocal support throughout our victory over Killavullen the previous Sunday, in spite of the hurdles we faced during the game, demonstrated his uncompromising dedication to the cause. In addition to the accomplishments he made to the club, John was a friend to many, a rock of support, and a motivational force.
He passed away recently. His untimely passing has left a vacuum that will be experienced by everyone who had the good fortune to be acquainted with him. During this trying time, the entire community of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ballygarvan would like to express their deepest condolences to John’s family and friends. As we say our goodbyes to John Bernard, we will always remember the happiness, the friendship, and the unconquerable energy that he provided to our club. I pray that he is able to find the calm that only comes from being in the presence of the Divine.