Sean Denvir

Sean J. Denvir

Friday, February 22nd, 1924 - Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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WATERFORD Sean (Shaun) J. Denvir died peacefully on August 3, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Sean was the son of Mick and Maggie (McAlea). He is survived by his wife Ann (nee Mancini), his children Kathleen McKiernan (late Bob), Michael (Dawne), Sean (Cornelia) and Patty (Jim) Rigney, as well as his grandchildren Kerry, Paul, Matthew, Audrey and Brendan Denvir, Brian and Kevin Rigney, and five great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his siblings Francie, Eilish (Fay), May (Maguire), Dermot and Alphie.

He was born in Ballynarry, County Down, Northern Ireland on February 22, 1924, but if pressed he would admit it could have been a few days earlier, as he was born on the family farm. He emigrated from Ireland at age 25 to explore job opportunities, landing first in Toronto and later, Schenectady NY. He married Ann in 1952, and settled his young family in Waterford in 1962, in the same house from which he departed this world. Like so many of his fellow Irish emigres, Sean had several jobs in America, improving his lot as he moved along. Eventually he landed at General Electric as a lab technician doing gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

Sean could talk the hind legs off a donkey, and was never (never) at a loss for words. He could sustain a conversation with anyone, whether a complete stranger or an old friend, and the participation of the other person was optional. He was an entertaining storyteller and an avid reader. He delighted in spending time with his grandchildren, and proved to them that joking around was a serious pursuit.

He was never far from his beloved Ballynarry, regularly receiving family and friends from Ireland, and often travelling back home. During his many visits to Ireland, his sister Eilish (and in later years her son John) made the family farm (“Down the Town”) a welcome home where Sean could stroll the familiar fields of his youth and reminisce.

For 70 of his 96 years, Ann was never far from his side, always in his heart, and ever-mindful of his well-being. Those who knew Sean will always remember his Irish charm and playful sense of humor, endearing qualities he honed throughout his long life. He leaves us with a wealth of stories, songs, puns, and antics that will bring us endless smiles and joy.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, services will be private.

Donations to Community Hospice, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
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    Saint Mary's Cemetery
    Middletown Road
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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Due to the Pandemic, services will be private.


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Bronagh Treacy

Posted at 04:32pm
Uncle Sean coming home was always special.With all of his much loved siblings gone before him, I don't think his heavenly homecoming will be any different.♥️

Tom Doody

Posted at 09:17am
To the family of Sean Denvir,
I am sad to learn Sean has passed. The author(s) of the article describing Sean's life provide a heartwarming tribute to a fine man; so much written brought back memories of my enjoyable experiences interacting with him and Ann back in the 70's at Keveny Academy. I am happy to have had experiences with all the Denvirs and remember all of you (I can see your faces)---Kathleen, Mike, Sean and Patty . Sean Denvir was a kind ,thoughtful, caring man.... and for sure, one with The Irish conversational skills!
I am sorry he is no longer with you.......take care of each other.

Caring thoughts,
Tom Doody

Paul Maitoza

Posted at 02:32pm
I had the pleasure to work in the lab with Sean for several years at GE Silicones in the 1980s. He was always fun to work with and helped me learn some of the ropes in the plant. Sean was always a gentleman and well regarded there. My sincere condolences as I know he was always so proud of his family and his heritage.

Paul Maitoza

Jane Magrady

Posted at 11:42am
Our deepest condolences to Sean's family. We felt so fortunate to discover that we were related to such a wonderful man. It was amazing to hear old family stories when we met Sean and Ann at Kathy's.
We are proud of our Irish heritage and really happy to be found in Sean's family tree!
Jane, Patrick and Maureen Magrady

Mike Farnam

Posted at 11:05am
Sincere condolences to Sean's family. I recall some interesting conversations during our time together at GE Silicones.

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