FORMER FERMOY COUNCILLOR AND WIFE PASS AWAY WITHIN HOURS OF EACH OTHER
Tributes have been paid to former chairman of Fermoy Urban District Council, Michael Casey, and his wife Cissie, who both passed away last Sunday, March 29 in Mallow General Hospital and Mercy University Hospital, Cork. The couple were laid to rest in Kilcrumper New Cemetery following requiem Mass on Wednesday, April 1.
A guard of honour was formed at St Patrick’s Church and the flag at the Town Hall flew at half mast to mark Mr Casey’s passing.
Mayor of Fermoy Tadhg O’Donovan said that he would call a special meeting of Fermoy Town Council to acknowledge Mr Casey’s contribution to the town. Mr Casey was a long time servant to Fermoy, in the town council’s previous guise as Fermoy Urban District Council and many of his current counterparts commended his dedication to the town.
Cllr Aileen Pyne said that Mr Casey had a great reputation and respect within Fermoy.
“I was first elected to the council in 1974, and Mr Casey had retired by then, but as a councillor in the town for many years he was highly respected and held a high profile in Fermoy. I would like to extend my sympathy to his family, especially considering his wife Cissie passed away on the same day. He served Fermoy for many, many years and was a highly respected chairperson of the council. They were a very nice couple,” she said.
“He was a quiet, inoffensive man but one of strong conviction,” Mayor O’Donovan said, “He was very committed in his particular beliefs and he did make a substantial contribution to Fermoy town. That he served as chairman of the council for a number of years is an indication of the esteem in which he was held.
One need only look to the town’s swimming pool as a sign that he was committed to Fermoy, it is just one of the monuments to his dedication to this town. Cllr John Murphy said that Mr Casey contributed throughout the town as a member of the choral society, choir and as organiser of the Corpus Christi procession.
“He was a decent man who, despite retiring from local politics, still gave his advice to town councillors. His wife, Cissie, was a lovely woman,” Cllr Murphy said. Cllr Michael Hanley said that he wished to extend his condolences to the Casey family.
“He was a gentleman always and he was a very conscientious councillor who was interested in the development of the town. My deepest sympathy goes to his family on the passing of both Mr Casey and his wife. He was a very respected gentleman in his time,” he said.
The Avondhu expresses its deepest sympathies to Mr and Mrs Casey’s children Eileen, Jim, Catherine, Rosarie, Siobhan and Laurence, their 12 grandchildren and their extended family.
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