Friday 24 November 2017

Michael will be remembered in his community as an outgoing, family man

The late Michael Bent.
The late Michael Bent.

The people of Wexford were deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of a central member of their community, Michael Bent, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

The Corish Park resident passed away peacefully in Abbeygale House Nursing Home on August 14 where he had been receiving care for the last few years. He spent his final moments in good spirits with his signature smile on his face.

Michael will long be remembered in his local community through the several clubs and organisations which he helped to establish. Michael was one of the original members of Wexford Model Railway Club and undertook many excursions and exhibitions with them over the years. In the past, friends and neighbours from all around would visit his home to see the impressive model railway which Michael spent hours perfecting. He even tapped into his creative side by painting the backdrop for the scene. His home in Corish Park remains a model railway paradise, with train photos and model carriages on display throughout.

Michael was a keen golfer and was heavily involved in Wexford Golf Club with Dr Ryan since its very early days. He was a very skilful player and had the awards to prove it. In 1970, Michael was runner up in the Top Golfer of the Year awards. He topped that in 1974 when he won first place. Although he was later prevented from regular play due to health reasons, Michael continued to enjoy the odd game with friends until late into his life.

Of course, another huge passion of Michael's was family. He adored his wife Marie, to whom he was married for 52 years when she sadly passed away 10 months ago. They were known by all as a great team who loved nothing more than to go dancing together. They were devoted parents to their four children and made all of their decisions concerning family as a couple. When Michael was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Marie devoted herself to caring for him for five years. Although she was heartbroken when he had to go into fulltime care, she received great peace of mind knowing that he was being well looked after in the nearby nursing home. Despite the difficulties over the last several months, their children, Theresa, Thomas, Diane and Michelle will fondly remember the wonderful parents who gave them a fabulous childhood. Through their sorrow, they find comfort in knowing that the pair are now reunited.

Michael is survived by his siblings, Kathleen, Clare, Margaret and Thomas, four children and nine grandchildren. They joined with many other friends and relatives for his funeral mass in Clonard Church on August 17 to pay tribute to the true gentleman.

Wexford People

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