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

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

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

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

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

During this time, he was also president of the union’s Bray branch for a time and a regular delegate for his branch at the union’s national conferences. He will always be remembered by his former colleagues as a confident and competent speaker, no matter what subject he covered.

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 his colleagues in the highest and dearest esteem.

John was a Liverpool fan but his main sport was golf. He was a founding member and former captain of the Alano Golfing Society in Dun Laoghaire, established over 30 years ago. A standout memory for society members was John’s excellent organization of a golf classic in conjunction with the charity Goal which 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” because he always greeted you with “Ok Brother” and so it was only fitting that one of the songs played at his funeral was “Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits. Farewell to ‘Our brother’.

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