Sunday 17 December 2017

Matt was a true gentleman who always put family first

MATTHEW CARTY was first and foremost a family man. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Matt will be sadly missed by all who had the true privilege of knowing him.

Matt (pictured) passed away peacefully on the September 4 after a short illness in Wexford General Hospital. He was 83 years of age.

Matt was born and reared in Bride Street, the son of Matthew Carty and Bridget Busher. He had three siblings – the late Danny, Edward and Margaret (Madge). For most of his life he lived happily in Corish Park in Wexford town with his wife Maura, and his beloved family.

In the mid 1940s he moved to Liverpool looking for work and shortly after was conscripted into the British Army just after World War II. He was part of many peace-keeping tours after the war and travelled the world as part of the Irish Regiment. He didn't speak often of those days in the 1940s and early 50s but when he did, he spoke very fondly of his tours in places such as Kenya, Korea, and most notably Israel and Palestine, just as the new state was being formed.

Upon completing his time in the army, Matt came back home to Wexford where he met the love of his life, Maura. They were married on September 10 1955 and lived a long happy life together. Matt was always happiest when he knew Maura was happy and their love grew as the years passed. They were married for 55 years and Matt recently commented that ' he would not have changed a thing'.

Matt had four children, ten grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren whom he adored, and spoiled, equally. He loved hearing about their lives and was always at hand for help and advice. He loved travelling and after seeing most of the world during his army days he spent the rest of his life travelling every year on holidays with his wife Maura and either children or grand children, to the four corners of the world. He loved family holidays and he brought his children to Liverpool in the 60s and 70s and his grandchildren to sun spots all over Europe in the 80s and 90s. These holidays would not have been possible without 'Granda Matt' as he was affectionately known.

He worked as part of the staff in well-known companies in Wexford such as Listers, Fine Wool Fabrics in the 1960s and 70s and then in ABS Pumps until his retirement in 1991. A few years before his retirement in 1986 he found a sport that he loved – golf. Matt played most of his golf in Rathaspeck throughout the 80s and 90s where he was the inaugural Club President.

He was an avid reader and highly intelligent man, borne out by his reading of maths books in particular. He would often find mistakes in these books and write to the publishers informing them of equation errors whereby the revised edition would be corrected and updated and a thank you letter sent to Matt. He also loved fiction and non-fiction books, as well as his daily newspaper.

In recent years due to failing sight these books were replaced by CD books and family would often walk in to him having a cup of coffee with headphones on, listening to the latest novel.

Matt is deeply mourned by his loving wife Maura; children, Shane, Derek, Nancy and Sharon; his brother Edward and sister Madge, daughters in law, sons in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends.

The affection in which he was held was reflected in the huge numbers at the removal and funeral in Bride Street Church only a few yards from where he was born. A fitting tribute to an intelligent, quiet, easy going family man – a gentleman.

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