Timothy Hevey (1846 – 1878)

Hevey’s sudden death at a relatively young age was captured in his obituary in The Irish Builder which seemed genuinely remorseful of the news. “Whilst we are at press the sad intelligence reaches us from Belfast of the death of the above-named gentleman, which took place on Sunday last. It appears that during the severe weather of the past fortnight, whilst on a professional visit to Newry, he caught a heavy cold, which brought on congestion of the lungs, from the effects of which he never rallied. Mr. Hevey served his articles with Messrs. Boyd and Batt, Donegall-square, Belfast. He subsequently came to Dublin, and was engaged for a few years in the oflice of Messrs. Pugin and Ashlin. Here ho found a congenial held for his aspirations as an ecclesiastical architect—a branch of the profession which afforded him scope for the display of his natural abilities. ” No work,” writes a contemporary, ” connected with his profession seemed to require from him the slightest effort to bring it to success. He was esteemed by all who knew him, his pleasant and agreeable manner making him friends among all classes of people with whom he came in contact.” Mr. Hevey has been called away at the early age of thirty-three, leaving his widow and one child to lament his loss.”