'Perpetual Peace' SuperVet Noel Fitzpatrick admits feeling 'all alone' since mum Rita's death
“Mammy was never one for ‘grand’ gestures and nor would she want a fuss now. It was ‘never about her’ – but rather about ‘what she could do for you’ "
Channel 4’s SuperVet star Noel Fitzpatrick has said he’s felt “all alone” since his mum Rita passed away last week.
Rita died peacefully in her home at Esker, Mountmellick in Co. Laois on Wednesday 2 February aged 92.
She was laid to rest in the new cemetery in Ballyfin on Friday.
TV star Noel has now paid tribute to his beloved mum online and said that he was grateful to have spent a “wonderful” Christmas with her.
Taking to Facebook on Sunday, the 54-year-old said: “I loved my mammy beyond words. She believed in me when nobody else did and encouraged me late at night with my studies when I felt all alone.
“I have felt all alone these past few days… but then I remembered that she and I had the most wonderful past Christmas day together.
“She couldn’t look upwards anymore, so I lay at her feet by her chair where she could see me. She knew she was passing soon. She held my hand and whispered that she would always be inside me. I would never be alone.
“I asked her if she had ‘her bags packed ready to go’ and she told me… ‘Sure Noel, where I’m going nobody needs any baggage at all... In fact, you’re better off without it.’ How right she is.
“Mammy never needed ‘anything’ – because in her serenity and her faith, she already had ‘everything’.
Continuing, he said: “Mammy was never one for ‘grand’ gestures and nor would she want a fuss now. It was ‘never about her’ – but rather about ‘what she could do for you’. She elevated everyone with her kindness, compassion, empathy and bright wit. Her humility in the face of her greatness is an example to all of us.
“Mammy had absolute faith that she would be reunited with Daddy in heaven and she has been looking forward to ‘perpetual peace’ in her resting place beside him, where we ‘tucked her in for a good sleep’ on this past Friday.
“As she said to me when she was tucking me in at night as a child – ‘Nite nite (sic) now… Tomorrow will be a lovely day’.
“And so, now I give thanks for all the love you gave to our world Mammy Rita. As we give you back to the eternal light, your bright light remains with all of us who were lucky enough to share the magnificence of your smile.
“May you rest in perpetual peace. Thank you for everything Mammy. I will love you forever. Nite nite (sic) now…Tomorrow will be a lovely day. Because of you.”
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