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'End of an Era': Waterford doctor practice 'father figure' laid to rest

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'End of an Era': Waterford doctor practice 'father figure' laid to rest

A highly-respected Waterford doctor was laid to rest on Tuesday.

Dr TJ (Tom) Keogh of Tramore and The Keogh Practice, Ballybricken, passed away on Sunday at Havenwood Retirement Village, Ballygunner.

Dr Tom Keogh is predeceased by his beloved wife Melba and son Paul. He will be sadly missed by his children Linda, Ian, David, Derek, Gillian and Elaine; his brother Fr Joe Keogh; sister Nancy; sons-in-law Emmet and Des; daughter-in-law Imelda;  along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Dr Keogh’s requiem mass took place in St. Mary's Church, Ballygunner, on Tuesday, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Speaking to Damien Tiernan on WLR’s Deise Today, Dr Edward Grant from The Keogh Practice paid tribute to the late Dr Keogh. He was Dr Keogh was a “very handsome man with vitality and courage”. He said Dr Keogh had a “twinkle in his eye and was a charmer that everyone could get on with”.

Agnes Walsh was in “awe” when she started working with Dr Keogh in 1980s. She said he was a “father figure in the practice” and had a “fantastic work ethic”. She said Dr Keogh “never expected people to pay who couldn’t afford to pay” and that he “treated everyone equally”. Dr Keogh “said it as it was but never held a grudge”.

She said Dr Keogh “broke the mould” and “brought occupational health to Waterford”, and that his passing was “the end of era”.