Tributes have been paid to a former mayor of Fermoy – Tim Carey of Newmarket Street, who died on Wednesday, October 26.
Formerly of Skibbereen, Tim was well known in the business life of the town having formed Fermoy Joinery after his retirement from the Army where he had served with the 1st Motor Squadron Fermoy and during that time, had spent some time in overseas service in The Congo.
Tim was also a member of Fermoy Town Council, completing a five year term and held the chain and position of Mayor of Fermoy for a period. One of the highlights as mayor for Tim was representing the town at one of the major social events – the wedding of Michael Flatley and Niamh O’Brien in October 2006.
Fellow council colleague John Murphy, described him as ‘a great community man, a great man to give advice and more than anything, a great friend’.
“Fermoy can thank Tim Carey for retaining the Faber Castell site after the pencil factory closed down. He approached the County Council with the suggestion of having it divided into different size units for a number of different businesses. In fact, Tim himself was one of the first to lease a unit there.
“Another of his achievements was being a founder member of the Sub Aqua Club and the Blackwater Search and Rescue Unit, an association that provides a tremendous service to the area.”
“He had a great business head and was gifted as a tradesman. He built Fermoy joinery into a solid family business that is still thriving today.
“In the 1970s, Tim was heavily involved in the Rowing Club. He was a great committee man and hauled boats all around the country week after week. We have a lot to be thankful to him for,” John said.
Chairman of the Blackwater Search and Rescue Unit Maurice Carroll, said when he first joined the club, contact was made with the Fitzgibbons in Tralee who were instructors with CFT (the Irish governing body). “They took the club under their wing, brought our members up to instructors’ standard and really, the rest is history. Tim was very instrumental in that, as he was with the purchase of the site on Rathealy where our clubhouse is situated.
Maurice said Tim always a great interest in matters marine, was into fishing and at one time, there was three generations of the Careys in the club.
“There was Tim himself, his sons Dave, Brendan and the late Miah, and eventually Dave’s son Timmy. We wouldn’t have what we have today if it wasn’t for Tim and Margaret and their family who were always to the fire when it came to fundraising etc. As a club, we are very proud of what we have achieved, and much of that is thanks to Tim Carey.”
Tim was laid to rest on Friday, October 28 in Kilcrumper Cemetery. He will be greatly missed by his wife Margaret (nee Nagle), children David, Brendan, Catherine, Eileen, Rosie, Pauline, Edith and Majella, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.