All round gentleman fondly remembered in Fermoy

Michael Dingivan, Mary Noonan, Dolores McCarthy, Michael Caplice, Persis Landon, Carmel Kiely and Dick Caplice, at the opening of an extension at The Munster House, Fermoy in 1986.

It was with great sadness the people of Fermoy and beyond learned of the passing of Michael ‘Mick’ Caplice, Duntaheen Road on Thursday last, following a short illness. Michael and indeed all the Caplice family were synonymous with The Munster House – an independently owned shop that has served generations of Fermoy people

Those who knew Michael speak fondly about one of nature’s gentleman – a learned man with a social conscience and a common touch.

A history and geography graduate of UCC, Michael taught these subjects before spending some time in Canada. Affable but reserved, he did little to highlight his critical work as a volunteer in Africa where he assisted the indigenous people.

Following his return to Ireland he assisted with the daily running of the Munster House on Fermoy’s Patrick Street – working alongside his brother, Dick and sisters, Mary, Dolores and Winnie. He also worked with his late brother Sean.

Quick witted and erudite, he was first and foremost a devoted family man to his wife, Marie (nee O’Rourke) from Galbally and their children, Jack and Michelle.

Away from the demands of business, he was a lover of the great outdoors and a regular hill walker and when time allowed, he pursued his passion for art.

Beechfield resident and former Munster House employee, Oliver Lillis, was one of several hundred mourners who said their final farewells this week. Speaking to The Avondhu in a personal capacity, Oliver said Michael Caplice was a decent, compassionate and fair minded man.

“During my time in the Munster House I was always treated with the greatest of respect. I would describe Michael as a homely man who put family front and centre. I know for a fact he assisted numerous people over the years and would never see anyone short. The numbers at his funeral reflected the esteem in which he was held,” Oliver said. Oliver went on to express heartfelt sympathy to all the Caplice family on their great loss.

Michael Caplice was laid to rest in Kilcrumper Old Cemetery alongside his parents and brothers, Sean and David.

He is survived by his wife Marie, son Jack and daughter Michelle, brother Dick, sisters Winnie (Beirne), Mary (Mee) and Dolores (McCarthy), relatives and many friends, to whom we extend our sincere sympathy.