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John McCormack was a committed trade unionist, avid golfer, and key pillar of his Bray community


The late John McCormack.

The late John McCormack.

The late John McCormack.


The Bray community and his many friends were saddened to hear of the passing of John Mc Cormack at the age of 72 on June 3, 2022 surrounded by his loving family at Wicklow Hospice.

The greatest loss is to his family; his devoted wife Stephanie, daughter Ciara, sons Darragh, Cathal and Ronan, his loving grandchildren and all his extended family.

A native of St. Peter's Road, Little Bray, John lived with his family in Mountain View Drive on the Boghall Road. He worked for Bray Urban District Council from 1973 to 1988 and was caretaker in Old Court where he was very popular with the residents. During this time John also gave valuable service to the local community by carrying out the duties and responsibilities as a retained firefighter with Wicklow Fire Service

John had been a deeply committed and active trade unionists throughout the 1970's and 1980's as a local representative for the Irish Transport & General Workers' Union (ITGWU - now SIPTU). He was senior shop steward for the ITGWU members in BUDC, with the other representatives; Simon Meaney, Antoín Mac Roibín and Charlie Kavanagh.

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During this time he was also president of the Bray branch of the union for a period and a regular delegate from his branch at national conferences of the union. His former colleagues always remember him as a confident and competent speaker on whatever matter he was dealing

with. He was an ITGWU delegate to the Bray & District Council of Trade Unions from February 1981 to October 1988 and played an active role in the work of the Council. He was widely held by colleagues in the fondest and highest regard.

John was a Liverpool fan but his main sport was golf. He was a founder member and former captain of the Alano Golfing Society in Dun Laoghaire which was established over 30 years ago. One outstanding memory for the members of the society was John's excellent organisation of a golfing classic in conjunction with the charity Goal that raised over €8,000 for the street children of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. He was also a member and former captain of Vartry Lakes Golf Club in Roundwood.

John was known to many of his friends as 'The Brother' as he would always greet you with "Ok Brother" and so it was fitting that one of the songs played at his funeral commital was 'Brothers in Arms' by Dire Straits. Farewell to 'Our Brother'.