Obituary - Mr. Leo L. Herlihy

14 June 1949 The Tumut and Adelong Times

Tumut and Argalong residents were shocked by the news on Wednesday that Mr. Leo Herlihy had passed away that morning at the District Hospital.

For some nine years he had been suffering with a gastric ulcer, although during the last six months he had had some measure of relief.

Whilst engaged in pruning operations at his orchard he suffered a serious attack and was brought in to the hospital by the ambulance on Tuesday afternoon where, despite the greatest medical and nursing care and treatment, including a blood transfusion, he collapsed and died at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday. 

The late Leo Lane Herlihy was born at Tumut on August 21, 1913, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Lane Herlihy, of Argalong

He received his early education at the little public school near his home, and then came in to the Convent of Mercy, Tumut, from where, in due course, he went on to the Yanco Agricultural High School. 

Student days over, Leo returned to Argalong and carried on the property which had been taken over on a partnership basis by himself, brother John and sister, Mrs. Douglas.

Extensive improvements were carried out by Leo, particularly with regard to the orchard of apples, pears and some stone fruits; he had just completed the weeding out of old stock to his satisfaction and had a fine lot of trees. 

Of a quiet unassuming nature, Leo Herlihy was intensely devoted to his parents and home, besides a staunch and practical member of his church.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society and was never known to be absent from his place on the second Sunday of the months.

He is survived by 3 brothers, who all saw active service in World War II: Wallace ("Boydie", of Argalong), Augustine (Dalby, Queensland), and John (Argalong), and three sisters Syra (Mrs. Jas. Douglas, Leichhardt), Frances (Sr. M. Maur, St Joseph's Convent, Kew, Victoria), and Angela (Mrs. Allan Young, Newcastle). Another sister, Margaret, died in infancy. 

Requiem Mass was celebrated on Thursday last by Rev. Fr. Casey and the funeral left the Catholic Church at 3 p.m. for the new cemetery, where Fr. Casey again officiated.

Messrs. W. W. Beavan and Son had charge of the arrangements. 

The pall-bearers were Messrs. Wallace and John Herlihy (brothers), J. Douglas (brother-in-law), Wallace and Stan Crowe (uncles) and Jack Bowler. 

Many beautiful floral tributes were noted from: Dad, Mum and Jack; Dad and Mum; Alan, Ange and family, Syra and Jim; Gus and Betty; Hazel and Wallace; John and friends; Grandma Young; Wal., Stan and family; Aunt Eileen; Bill and June Whiting; the Seberry family; Olive and Herb; Don, Lindsay, Hazel and Joyce; Varerie Pickering; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blundell; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Venables and family; Mr. and Mrs. F. Downing and Mac; Merv., Mrs. Webb and Mim; Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Higgins snr.; Mr. and Mrs. H. Mount and Norman; Mr. and Mrs. T. Malone and family; Mrs. Glynn and boys; Mr. and Mrs. Hilly, Tom and Eileen; Mr. Hudson and Mrs. Russell; Stan, Esme and Elaine; Albert, Mat and Dawn; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Tegart and family; Bill Hilly; Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy and family; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tegart and family; Mr. and Mrs. Eustace; Fred and Dot Richey and family; Mr. and Mrs. Con. Bennett; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Lynch and family; Mr. and Mrs.. H. Clee; Rita and Tom Davy; Mr. and Mrs. Alex. Webb and family; Dan Twomey; Rob and Ellen   Halloran; the Silvester family; the Abbot family.