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Popular Cork ice-cream man Philip Williams (33) dies after tragic cancer battle

Philip Williams (33) passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday February 5th

Clodagh Meaney

A popular Cork based ice-cream man has died after a tragic battle with cancer.

Philip Williams (33) passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday February 5th.

The young man drove a Mr Softee ice-cream van and often sold ice-cream at local parks and housing estates.

His funeral, which took place on Tuesday, was a unique affair which paid tribute to the job he loved.

Friends and family, who are also involved in the ice-cream business drove Mr Softee vans following his funeral cortege from St Catherine's Church in Conna to Island Crematorium in Ringaskiddy.

They played classic ice-cream van chimes on the journey.

He is survived by his parents, Paddy and Mary, his daughter Sally, and his siblings Patrick, Jonathan, Louise and Jessica.

His death notice read: “Philip (Mr Softee & Williams Funfair) passed away, peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family after a long illness bravely borne.”

“Beloved son of Paddy and Mary, much loved father of Sally, dear brother of Patrick, Jonathan, sisters Louise O’Sullivan and Jessica.”

“Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his heartbroken parents, daughter, brothers, sisters, brother-in-law Kevin, Sally's mother Rebecca, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.”

Hundreds of tributes to the young man appear on

One person wrote: “Very sorry to hear of the passing of Phillip,after his long battle.”

“He was a sound bloke and was always in great form. My sincere condolences to all of his family and his daughter. R.I.P. buddy.”

Another added: “Condolences to Paddy Mary and all of the Williams family at this sad time.”

“May the light of all the angels shine upon Philip on his journey home. RIP.”

“Our sincere condolences to Paddy, Mary and the Williams family on the passing of Philip,” another message of condolence began.

“We were heartbroken to hear the news, we carry great memories of Philip with us in Glanmire. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May he rest in peace.”

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