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kerry tragedy Private funeral be held for tragic elderly couple whose bodies were found in Kenmare house

Phyllis and Tony Gilbert will be fondly remembered by their son Stephen and his partner Hilary, their daughter-in-law Beryl, grandchildren Skylar and Felicity, neighbours and friends


Phyllis and Tony Gilbert

Phyllis and Tony Gilbert

Phyllis and Tony Gilbert

A private funeral is to be held for the tragic elderly couple whose bodies were found inside a house in Kenmare on Sunday morning. 

A death notice on RIP.ie states that Phyllis and Tony Gilbert, who were originally from the UK but had been living in Dromneavane, will be “fondly remembered by their son Stephen and his partner Hilary, their daughter-in-law Beryl, grandchildren Skylar and Felicity, neighbours and friends”.

It adds that a private funeral will take place for Phyllis and Tony “with private cremation at the Island Crematorium, Rocky Island, Ringaskiddy, Cork”.

The couple, who were both aged in their 80s, were discovered in the property located in a housing estate close to the town on Sunday morning after concerns were raised with gardaí about their welfare.

A note found on the door of the house is helping gardaí with their investigations into the tragic death of the husband and wife.

They had been living in Co Kerry for more than 25 years and ran a glass engraving business on Henry Street in Kenmare.

Mr and Mrs Gilbert were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies later removed to University Hospital Kerry for post-mortem examinations.

The results of these post-mortem examinations will determine the course of the garda investigation.

However, gardaí do not believe there is anything sinister about the deaths and they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

The cause of the elderly couple’s deaths is still unknown and gardaí are awaiting the results of the examinations from the State pathologist.

Toxicology reports are also awaited, but they will take some time, and will also form a part of the investigation.

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The news of the death of the couple caused shock and sadness across the local community where the couple had lived for many years.

Cllr Patrick O’Connor-Scarteen, who knew Tony, said the news of the couple’s deaths was very "tragic".

"Like many others Tony and Phyllis made Kenmare their home. I knew Tony.

"He was a gentleman and very polite. I would often meet him out walking.

"He was also very talented and artistic," he said.

"The couple kept very much to themselves, and they were quiet and unassuming. It is very tragic news."

People also flooded the condolences section on the RIP.ie page with messages of sympathy and support.

“My sincere sympathy to you all on your sad loss. May they rest in peace. They will be missed from Dromneavane,” one person has written.

Another added: “My sincerest condolences to all the family and friends of Mr and Mrs Gilbert at this sad and difficult time for you all. RIP to them both.”

Another person has written: “Our deepest sympathy to all the family on the loss of Tony and Phyllis. Such a lovely couple, may their gentle souls rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.”

Another added: “Heartfelt condolences to you Stephen and family. I remember you and your dad creating the most beautiful designs on glass especially for my 21st! I also remember you giving me a fab puppy a long time ago with the strength of an ox!! May your parents rest in peace together.”

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