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Michael Doyle An Appreciation

February 11th, 2016 by Margaret Cushen

Michael Joseph Doyle, late of Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada and formerly of 48 St. Brigid’s Crescent, Bagenalstown, went peacefully to his eternal reward on July 6, 2015, at the age of 82 years. Michael was born on September 11, 1932, in Carlow, to Patrick and Brigid Doyle and he went to school locally. Like so many young people of his day he left Ireland with a heavy heart in 1950 at the age of 19 to find work in England. In 1955 his adventures brought him to Toronto, Canada where he pursued a retail career with Woolworths and then Woolco Canada. Woolco was a chain of department stores across Canada where Michael’s communication skills, leadership qualities and knowledge of retail strategies were recognised and appreciated by the company and led to his appointment as Regional Manager. In 1966 he married Alice Cormack and together they were blessed with two children, a son, Sean Kieran and a daughter, Siobhan Marie. In 1980 the family crossed Canada to British Columbia making Kitimat their home in 1985. Michael’s passions in life focused on faith, work, family and all things Irish.

Although Canada was where he chose to live, work and raise a family, his heart was always at home in the Crescent in dear ol’ Muine Bheag! Even in his 80s, when he was no longer physically able for the journey home, he was an avid “techie” and, as such, was a weekly visitor to the Bagenalstown Parish website and seemed more apprised of the ‘goings on ‘in Bagenalstown than many of his family who live here. Michael loved to tell his grandchildren, Kellen and Maeve, tales of his days as a boy growing up in Bagenalstown and of his days as a “big boy” enjoying a 99 ice cream in The Little Shop.

Michael served as an altar boy in St. Andrew’s Parish Church, where he received all his Sacraments and harboured many fond memories of celebrations of both life and death. His last trip home was in 2004 to lay his mother, Brigid Doyle, RIP to rest at the great age of 94 years.

A Funeral Mass for Michael was celebrated in Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Kitimat, British Columbia, on July 10, officiated by his dear friend Fr. Pier Pandolfo. His final wish however was to return to be laid to rest among the “green, green fields of home”. He was accompanied by his wife, Alice, daughter Siobhan and granddaughter, Maeve, (on her first visit to Ireland) this past summer. A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Friday August 28 at St. Andrew’s Church in Bagenalstown by his loving nephew Fr. Michael Doyle from Tintern Abbey Parish, with Parish Priest Fr. Declan Foley in attendance and was followed by interment in the Cemetery of the Assumption.

Michael is mourned by his wife, Alice (nee Cormack, formerly of 83 St. Brigid’s Crescent), his son Sean Kieran, Kitimat, British Columbia; his daughter Siobhan Marie Whalley, son-in-law Trevor; his precious grandson Kellen Christopher and his “little lady” granddaughter Maeve Erin, all of Vancouver, British Columbia. He is also mourned by his dear sisters Mary McNally (brother-in-law Johnny), 9 Barrett Street; Bagenalstown; Patti Chetwynd (brother-in-law Tony), England and Ursula Spatz (brother-in-law Bernard), England, many neces and nephews, and a wide circle of friends in Canada and Bagenalstown. Michael now rests with his parents, Patrick and Brigid, sister Breeda, and his dear brother, John, who have all been called into God’s loving embrace. May he rest in peace.

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