Don Rennicks, Bohermeen
The late Mr Don Rennicks in his Irish clay pigeon shooting team blazer.
The death occurred on 29th August last of Mr Don Rennicks, Faughan Hill, Bohermeen, Navan.
He was born on 2nd May 1952, a son of the late Johnny and Kate Rennicks. He attended Bohermeen National School and went to St Patrick's Classical School in Navan. As a teenager he was involved in cross country running and he became a founder number of the Bohermeen Athletic Club in 1969. He served as its first secretary and treasurer and in 1972 he played a leading role in acquiring a site for the club from the late Peter Bishop. The site was developed as the Bohermeen AC rooms and still serves as a local landmark to this day.
In the early 70's, deceased wore the black and amber of both the Athletic Club and Bohermeen GAA Club with pride. During his time with the Athletic Club he helped them win many novice, junior and senior Meath cross country titles and was a playing member of the local GAA club which won a county title at intermediate level. Without his vision, imagination and youthful drive, Bohermeen AC would never have become the major force in athletics that it is today. Until his sudden passing, Mr Rennicks was a trustee of the club.
In his early years, he worked in Clarke's Supermarket in Navan and later with McDermott Bros. He went on to start his own successful fruit and vegetable business in Grange, Bohermeen. He expanded the business into food processing and at its peak employed thirty people. The business continues to flourish.
From a young age, his passion was game shooting and clay pigeon shooting. He was an active member of many local gun clubs, Ardbraccan, Dunderry and Cortown and was the driving force behind the annual Dunderry Clay Shoot. He was a founder member of the Forest Clay Pigeon Club.
In the sport, deceased represented his province and country at the highest level. He won many of the top prizes in the British Isles and Junior High Gun of Ireland. He went on to become a qualified trap coach and referee in the sport.
His friends from his football, athletic and shooting days turned out in large numbers for his removal and burial. Wearing their green blazers, his Irish team colleagues formed a guard of honour in respect and admiration for a good friend.
Don Rennicks lived and loved life to the full. He had a great love of nature and all the changing seasons. His sense of humour, laughter, story telling will be remembered by all who knew him. He was generous with his time, a kind and loving man who would go out of his way to help anybody in need. Always selfless he will be remembered by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mairéad; brother, Sean; sisters, Marie and Patricia; his nieces and nephews. He is sadly missed by his loving family, the community he loved, the many friends and colleagues who had the pleasure of his friendship and humour.
Bohermeens loss is Heavens gain