By Carmel Hayes
THERE is deep shock and sadness in Abbeyleix following the sudden death of local man Roy Bulfin in Vietnam.
A much-loved husband and father, Roy died suddenly surrounded by his friends in Ho Chi Minh city on Thursday.
He had worked abroad periodically for many years and divided his time between Vietnam and Abbeyleix, where his regular returns home were always greatly anticipated by his beloved family and many friends.
From the Green Road in Abbeyleix, Roy is deeply mourned and missed by his loving wife Alison, sons Thomas and Jamie, sisters Valerie and Jennifer, brother Alan, brothers-in-law Richard and Apsley, sister-in-law Pauline, the extended Bulfin and Claxton families and friends. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Roy was a talented player with Portlaoise Rugby Club in his youth and always loved the game. The club said: “We are saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Roy Bulfin. He was a noteworthy past member and talented player. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Rest in peace.”
Deep sadness at Roy’s untimely passing and the exceptional esteem in which he was held are reflected in many condolences, posted on RIP.ie.
One sympathiser wrote: “I had the great good fortune of being a close friend of Roy‘s from our first day at Athlone Institute of Technology, to London Metropolitan University and beyond. We always had the best of times hanging out together. Roy was great company, with his gentle demeanour and engaging smile. We shared a love of sport, particularly rugby and golf. I will raise a glass of Jameson to Roy, a better friend a man couldn’t ask for. I will miss him dearly.”
Another said: “I knew Roy in Vietnam as a customer and he became a friend. He was a fine professional and a good honourable decent man. He is much missed already.”
One of Roy’s lifelong friends wrote: “I was a lifelong friend of Roy from our first day in college in Ireland. I am very proud and honoured to have known him as my friend. He was a great Irishman and an inspiration. We will miss him and always remember the great times we had.”
Another sympathiser said: “I had the pleasure to meet Roy in Hong Kong and we had some great times together. He was a genuinely nice guy, great company and would go out of his way to help you. I was very sad to hear this news. He will be sorely missed.”