The late Martin Brick
IT IS with deep affection and great sadness that the Brick family remember Martin Brick of Ballinorig, Causeway, who died peacefully in Lystoll Nursing Home, Listowel on Tuesday, January 22 at the age of 82.
Martin was born on August 18, 1930 to Michael and Nora Brick ( nee Bowler). He was the eldest of four children - Danny, Marie and Nora-Mai all having pre-deceased him.
He attended Killury National School and after finishing there spent his time at home working on the farm in Ballinorig with his father and also working for some of his neighbours. He enjoyed going to the local creamery at Ballinorig Cross with the donkey and cart and meeting up with his neighbours for the craic and catching up on the local news.
His mother passed away when he was around 11 years old. After his father died in 1975 he spent a number of years on his own before he started helping out in a pub in Ardfert for a period of time.
Martin's life wasn't an easy one but he made the most of what he had and always had a smile on his face. He wasn't materialistic and never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was happy once he had his pipe and a few pints and was always grateful for any kindness shown to him during his life.
Martin loved horses and was a great man with a horse and plough and often attended the annual ploughing championships up to a few years ago. He loved Ballinorig and the country way of life, who walked everywhere and up to six months before he passed away was often seen walking towards Causeway village. Martin was a quiet man with a roughish sense of humour and was a gentleman to the core.
His health deteriorated over the last year and when it was no longer possible to stay in Ballinorig he moved to Lystoll Nursing Home in Listowel where he was popular with both the staff and other residents and where he received great care and attention over the last five months.
This was also evident by the lovely send-off he got on Tuesday, January 22, where they had a guard of honour of him. He is affectionately remembered for thanking the girls for the countless cups of tea by saying "thanks girl, you're a hopper"!
Martin will be sadly missed in Ballinorig as he was one of the last of the "old school" of that generation. His likes will not be seen again. He is survived by his sister-in-law Eileen, nephews Michael and Danny Brick, Michael, Patrick, Jimmy and Martin Casey and first cousins.
May he rest in peace.