THERE was shock in Leixlip on Monday, 14 July, with the sudden death of Albert “Albie” Larkin.
A keen volunteer with two sub-committees of the former Leixlip Town Council, he was was a popular member of a popular family.
Albie was the fourth of seven siblings, who include Cllr. Anthony Larkin, born to Patrick and Rosaleen Larkin.
A native of Leixlip, Albie (52) once lived with his family at Main Street. He had also lived in Celbridge for a period.
A resident of Slí an Chanáil with Sinead and he was a much loved father to Kevin, Aaron and Abbie. Among other things, Albie was famous in the area as a bicycle fixer and pumper. Fr. John McNamara, who also noted his work as groundsman with Ballyoulster Utd, said: “There was a lot to celebrate in his life. He lived it well.”
At his funeral on Thursday, Albie’s wife, Sinead, who had lost a younger sister, Nicola, in tragic circumstances, on 9 July, said she had sixteen wonderful years with Albie. “I am not going to say goodbye. I will say until we meet again.”
Albie’s son, Kevin, said: “He was the best person that I knew. He would say to us not to get sad or upset. Be happy. That is what he wanted. He lived his life for everyone else.”
Speaking of Albie and another relative Kevin said: “I hope when I get to heaven, they won’t have been kicked out.” Anthony read the Henry Scott Holland poem, “Death is Nothing At All.” Albie had just slipped away to the next room, it said to us.
Albie is survived by brothers Michael, Patrick, Anthony, Raymond and Vivian, sister Rosaleen, family and friends.
On his final journey, there was a brief stop at his former family home at Main Street on the way to Confey Cemetery.