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In memory of Michael Marks

Michael Marks

In memory of Michael Marks
1940 - 2020

(Thank you to Michael's daughter Martina for sending us this lovely tribute for her dad)

Michael grew up on the Scarva Road Gilford. He was the second youngest of eight children to Mary White from Poyntzpass. 

He attended the national school beside St.Johns Church in Gilford. He had his first experience of work at 14 years old when he helped deliver bread after school. 

He was a labourers apprentice for a number of years working with his older brother James where they could find work. He followed Down GAA club and loved the many days out in Dublin in the sixties. In 1973 he married Margaret Conlon Halls Mill and they began their married life in Gilford living in Keady Row. 

He was a devoted father to his two daughters Martina & Eileen. In later years he played bowls for Gilford. He loved going for walks with his dog snowy and friends Owen Finnegan, Jim Byrne, John Mc Crory, and Brian Hamill. He was a devout Catholic all his life. He worked in Gilford Health Centre for 26 years as caretaker. In recent years he became ill with prostate cancer and dementia. He was cared for at home by his two daughters with support from Ann’s Homecare. He was 79 years old. He died peacefully on Saturday 18th April surrounded by his family.

He is sadly missed by his wife Margaret, daughters Martina & Eileen family & friends.

May he rest in peace

 

Michael's Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Andrew McMahon in St. Colman's Clare.

Due to the ongoing government rules regarding Coorona virus, Michael's funeral was strictly private

 

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