Donating In Memory
An Emerald Heart creates a tribute fund and a place to remember your loved one. It is the perfect way to celebrate their life.
Losing someone you love can leave you feeling lost. It's natural that you'd want to remember them and celebrate their life. That's why we've created our Emerald Hearts so you have a place to remember and celebrate the life of someone who's special to you.
It's also a place where you can keep track of the fantastic difference you're making to other people we support and their families.
John McNally - Good friend and Trustee of our Charity for many years
John Francis McNally was born in County Monaghan on 13th September 1944. John was the eldest of 9 children to John and Susan McNally. John studied at the Christian Brothers in Monaghan leaving Ireland at the age of 18. In 1962 he became a teaching assistant at Our Lady of Lourdes, Yardley Wood in Birmingham.
In 1963 he went to St Marys Teaching College in Twickenham and after finishing there he returned to Birmingham taking up a teaching post at St Patricks, Winson Green. Following further teaching posts in the city he returned to St Patricks in 1974 as the youngest head teacher of his day. John remained at St Patricks until his move to St Bernadette’s, Yardley when he was Head teacher for 23 long, happy and very successful years.
John met his wife Christine whilst working at Our Lady of Lourdes and was married there in 1969. John had two sons with Christine, Simon and Anthony and had three grandchildren Kathryn, Ruairi and Ciara. John loved Rugby Football and throughout his life he was a player, referee, tourist and supporter. The game took him all over the world including South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and Australia. John was also a keen distance runner, completing several marathons, half marathons including the London a couple of times.
Sadly John was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s in October 2013 and in early 2014 he was diagnosed with Bowell Cancer, it was decided that this would be operated on and was a success, however this led to certain spells in hospital. During the time spent in hospital a further rare condition was discovered, Cardiac Amyloidosis there was no further treatment available for this condition, however he remained positive, and in fine spirit throughout all of this.
John passed away peacefully at home in Moseley, Birmingham on 16th March 2015.
There are a number of ways in which you can donated in memory of a loved one. All you need to do is choose the option that suits you.