Michael Canty – No Ordinary Man

Michael Canty - US ArmyDelivering a Eulogy at the funeral of your dad, one of the most precious men in your life, is a huge privilege and an opportunity to show people who this great man is (I prefer that word to ‘was’).

I’d like to share this with you:

My cousin Tommy, who was like another son to dad, sent me a gorgeous text about him, which goes some way to explaining why he is so special.

He was just an ordinary man with no airs or graces. What you saw was what you got and everyone loved him

While we all have our own memories and stories about Michael Canty, over the last few days we have all got to know him a little better by sharing some of these with each other.

We heard about his buddy in Primary School, Joe Kenny who told us that no one messed with Michael Canty, because he was the one who took on the bullies who were mocking a poor lad with a hunchback.

We heard about the young Michael Canty who was shouldered back to his house after playing a key role in a school final.

Michael Canty - In the armyWe saw the fantastic adventure that he had in the US Army through the brilliant photos that he used send to mum with lovely messages to her. “To my beloved wife“.

They both wrote to each other each day so each day they would receive a letter.

We heard about the footballer who played in America with the Newark Portugese.

We read about the fantastic footballer and the cup winning captain who was a great teammate. He captained the first Cork team to win the Oscar Traynor Cup, in 1966.

Michael Canty - Oscar Traynor Cup winner 1966We heard about the two young girls that he saved from drowning at a beach in Cork. I am guessing my fear of water might come from witnessing that incident as a young kid.

We even heard from the young adults in the neighbourhood who remember fondly kicking ball with him on the green. They used knock on his door to see if he would come out to play!

We heard about the man who knocked on the door about two years ago, enquiring about Michael. He hadn’t seen him at the gym in a while and he was checking to see if he was ok.

Everyone did love him, even our dogs who knew he was a very special man!

One of the most fantastic things about Michael Canty was his sense of humour and his talent for putting others at ease.

Even in his darkest days at the beginning of this month the very sick Michael Canty leaned over to me in hospital and whispered “where in the name of god did the doctor get his pink trousers“.

We would tease him that he was getting loads of attention, to be told “Aren’t I worth it

While January 2018 will always be remembered as a terrible, very sad month in some respects it was a very special month when friends, neighbours and family rallied around to help in any way and to support each other. In the middle of all of this sorrow there was love, kindness and laughter, and plenty of it as we shared some of these special stories.

It’s very clear that the very special Michael, and all of his special characteristics have been passed on to those around him – he lives on, in all of us.

It’s only right that we leave the last word to him.

If we described him as being an “ordinary man” he might have an issue with it.

With a cheeky grin he would say…. “I’m not ordinary, I’m outstanding in my own field!

You certainly are Pops…..

Michael Canty - RIPMichael Canty, my beloved dad, my buddy, Rest in Peace, you will always be with us.

Greg Canty

Dad passed away peacefully at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice on January, 25th 2018, at 9:45 pm.

We were by his side.

 

 

 

 

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17 Responses to “Michael Canty – No Ordinary Man”

  1. Bernard McNamee Says:

    Sorry for your loss Greg. You did him proud!

  2. Dermot Sullivan. Says:

    Really sorry for your loss Greg, he sounds like a great man and a real character.

  3. Fergal Bell Says:

    I’m very sorry to hear about your dad’s passing, Greg. This is a beautiful piece. You’ve done him justice.

  4. pam o regan Says:

    So nice to get a picture of who he was Greg, all such lovely memories xxx
    Thinking of you at this very sad time xx

  5. Denis Says:

    Hi Greg, I’m very sorry for your loss.That was a lovely tribute to your Dad. Regards, Denis

  6. Peadar Says:

    Lovely tribute Greg. You have always portrayed your Dad as an exceptional human being and it’s clear it’s been passed on to the subsequent generations. Great teachers teach by example.
    Savour the memories, they are special.

    Peadar

  7. Lia Burke Says:

    This is a lovely eulogy Greg. Sorry to have missed the funeral. Delighted to have had the chance to see your dad on two very happy occasions in 2016. May he rest in peace. Love and sympathy to everyone, Lia

  8. Tom O'Leary Says:

    I am very sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Please press on my condolences to your family especially your mother who must be grieving deeply. He was a good man. He and you were very close. May he rest in peace.

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