Jerry Lynch, 58, who was based at Tramore Garda Station for many years, died at Cork University Hospital on Saturday, some weeks after he fell from his roof while cleaning the gutters of his home at Ballygunnermore on the outskirts of Waterford city.
Originally from Kilgarvan in Co Kerry, Mr Lynch moved to Waterford after joining An Garda Síochána in 1972, before transferring to the station in Tramore some 20 years ago.
Mr Lynch retired in March.
However, local sources yesterday were full of praise for the retired garda for the continuing contributions he made to the community following his retirement.
Gardaí and many Waterford locals were shocked by the death of Mr Lynch, who was a hugely popular figure locally.
Sgt Michael Whelan yesterday described Mr Lynch as “a true gentleman”, and said that all of his colleagues in the county were shocked at the news of the accident and his passing.
The chief superintendent at Waterford Garda Station, Pat Murphy, described Mr Lynch as “honourable and trustworthy”.
“As a family man, a contributor to the community and as a citizen, his influence will live on with us,” he said.
Mr Lynch reposed at his home last night and will be buried at St Mary’s Church in Ballygunner, Co Waterford, following requiem Mass at 12pm today.
He is survived by his wife Marian and his children, Elaine and Gerard.