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In memory of Gerald Teggart

Funeral Leaflet Gerald Teggart l

 

Gerald was born on 15th February 1959 to Joseph and Susan Teggart. He was one of 17 siblings.

They lived in the house  behind Gilberry Fayre.

He attended Bann National  Primary School here in Laurencetown and then went on to St. Patrick’s College Banbridge.

After leaving school Gerald went to work as a joiner at Dask Timber products on the dual carriageway near Newry.

He was a great worker and worked all hours of the day and night.

When he was not working he concentrated on his hobbies which involved restoring cars, attending car shows and rally car racing along with his brothers.

It was said that the Teggart boys had petrol in their blood.

Gerald met his wife Linda while she was sunbathing in her mum’s garden. Linda grew up in Corcrain in Portadown and lived next door to Jackie’s late wife Bridie. The pair were lifelong friends.

Jackie and Gerald came to visit at Bridie’s mum’s house one day and Jackie somehow persuaded Linda who was sunbathing next door to throw water over Gerald.

He told her “you’ll pay for that, I’ll get you back later”. Gerald and Jackie went away and Linda never expected to see Gerald again.

But they came back a short time later and as Linda says “they nearly drowned her with the amount of water they through over her.”

She fell head over heels in love with Gerald and the rest is history.

They were married in Clare Chapel on 5th July 1984 which was also Linda and her twin sister Gail’s birthday.

Gerald  and Linda went on to have four children. First born were twins Ashley and Gavin followed by another son Darren and then as Linda says a much longed for daughter Laura.

While Linda was expecting Laura, during a routine scan they told her in the hospital not to “throw her blue things away.”

So when baby Laura was born on Christmas Eve 1991 she thought was dreaming.

Gerald knew his way around the whole of the country. No matter what building site he and his workmate Ned were on, Gerald knew where to get a fry.

He loved listening to Radio Ulster and wouldn’t miss the Hugo Duncan show.

He was a keen photographer and on one occasion when he attended a wedding with his fancy camera slung over his shoulder, the bride hoping to get  some lovely photos asked him to take some.

Gerald was happy to oblige only to discover he hadn’t charged his camera!

Gerald owned a caravan and loved to take the family on holiday to Gosford Forest Park.

One time when they were ready to set off home, Gerald started the car which went forward but unfortunately the caravan went backwards. He had forgotten to attach it properly!

Gerald was a real family man and his daughter Laura was spoiled. She says the boys weren’t allowed to answer him back but she always got away with it.

On Friday night past Laura and Lindsay went to the hospital to see Gerald and agree on the name of their baby girl who is due to arrive in January.

They joked they would call her “No reveal” and typical of Gerald he said “Aye, do all right”!

Gerald went into hospital on Friday week ago and unfortunately was diagnosed with cancer on Tuesday. It was aggressive and spread quickly and by Thursday the family were told he had only hours or days to live.

He passed away peacefully on Saturday morning at 7.45am.

 

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