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Henry Wills

Gurteens, Crossmolina Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo

4 Jan, 2024

The death has occurred of Henry Wills of Gurteens, Crossmolina Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo, peacefully, at the Bon Secours Hospital, Galway, surrounded by his loving family.

Predeceased by his parents Beatrice (Bridget) and Harry. 

Henry is sadly missed by his loving twin sister Mary Bourke (née Wills) and her husband Michael (Castlebar), his niece Elaine Bourke (Dubai), his nephew Keith Bourke and his wife Siobhan (Castlebar), his wide circle of wonderful friends, godchildren, and extended family.

May he Rest in Peace.

Reposing at McGowan’s Funeral Home, Emmet Street, Ballina (Eircode F26 V274) on Monday evening, 8th January from 5pm with removal at 7pm to St. Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina.

Requiem Mass on Tuesday morning, 9th January at 11:30am with funeral proceeding to Leigue Cemetery, Ballina. 

You can watch Henry’s funeral mass by clicking ‘Live Stream’ below.

Family flowers only please, donations if desired to the Irish Cancer Society care of McGowan’s funeral home, Ballina or online.

You are welcome to leave a message of condolence for his family below.

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  1. Henry was friendly and kind to everyone. When my Mom and Sister came to visit Henry was there taking photos. Everyone in the Basketball will miss Henry . Thanks for everyting you did for me and My family over the years. R.I.P

  2. Our sincere sympathy to Henry’s sister Mary and family on the death of Henry. May his gentle soul Rest in Peace.

  3. Our sincere sympathies to Mary, family, colleagues & friends on the passing of Henry, he was a true gentleman, full of life, always smiling, a wonderful photographer & his book is excellent, he had time for everyone from the very young to the very old, Rest in Peace Henry, you will be missed, 😢

  4. Our deepest condolences to all Henry’s family and friends. May his gentle soul rest in peace

  5. Sincere condolences to Henry’s sister Mary, husband Michael and their family on the passing of Henry. He was one of life’s gentlemen and will be truly missed by all who knew him. May his gentle soul rest in peace 🙏

  6. Condolences to Mary and the Bourke family on the passing of Henry. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

    He was a great man and I had the pleasure to meet him over the years both through community activities and from the family side as he was a close friend to the Melia family. May you rest in peace Henry, you’ll sadly be missed.

  7. Sincere sympathy to all the families from Sean and Martha Allen

  8. Condolences to the family of Henry
    I had the pleasure to meet him and he was a great man R I P Henry

  9. Sincere condolences from Danny and Pauline Thompson.

  10. My heartfelt sympathy to Henry’s family and friends. A true gentleman. May he rest in peace 🙏

  11. My deepest condolences to Mary, the Bourke, Wills and Henry’s Western People Family and Friends. Henry was an out and out gentleman. I got to really know him from Carr’s shop and then worked closely with him through my involvement in the Order of Malta as he was always willing to promote us and any chance he got. He was a true community man. I loved chatting with him about Fenian row and his Basketball days or just having the banter any time we met. He’d grab your elbow, tell a story or joke and snigger away while telling it. When he was doing the Ballina notes, I often got a call around 1 or 2 am going Lenny, have ya anything for the notes? “Henry, it’s 1am” wasn’t the answer he was looking for! He’d say sure you’re up now, have ya any news for me? That call often went on an hour or more.
    Sleep well BH, thanks for being you.

  12. To all the Wills family ,I have very very fond memories of Henry ,he used to always say 1 of us from the Street, ( Garden Street) Henry was always a bright spark & a fountain of knowledge, he will be sadly missed, Henry may you Rest in peace 🙏, my deepest sympathies to all.

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