70 Knock Road, Claremorris
MICHAEL Mellett, 70 Knock Road, Claremorris, who died peacefully at his home after a long illness, was a prominent member of the St Colman’s Church Choir for more than three decades.
He had a special love for the psalms and was a regular soloist in the parish church. Despite declining health, he performed with great enthusiasm his final psalm on the altar during the Christmas Day Mass some months ago. It was a personal triumph for Michael in trying circumstances and one which gave him much satisfaction on this special day in the Christian calendar.
Michael was a baker by profession and spent several years in Hanley’s Bakery in the town. The late Arthur Hanley was the guiding light behind the bakery business that gave good employment to many people in former times.
Following the closure of the bakery, Michael secured employment with the Conraty Company down at the Racecourse where he was an employee for around 17 years.
Michael married Angela Collins from Brookhill and they raised a family of four, two daughters and two sons.
Outside of work and home, Michael had a great love for horse racing. He attended numerous meetings in Galway, Ballinrobe and Roscommon and even ventured on some occasions over to Cheltenham. He enjoyed the regular flutters on the races and studied form with great interest through the racing columns of the newspapers.
Days at the races were close to his heart and meeting up with friends and others who shared his passion for this sport. He took an interest in other sports as well and always liked to see Mayo put in strong displays on the football fields.
Michael was a man of deep and abiding faith. Along with his wife Angela, they made many journeys to Medjugorje over the past two decades as part of the Marian Pilgrimage groups. They made numerous friends during these trips and always looked forward to renewing acquaintances with them.
Michael and Angela were present in Ivan’s private chapel around three years ago during which time the visionary claimed he was experiencing another regular apparition. Medjugorje was truly special to Michael and a place where he found peace and contentment and a longing to return there time and time again.
Reposing was at Gilligan’s Funeral Home with private removal after to his home. Further removal took place the next morning to St Colman’s Church for the Funeral Mass celebrated by Fr Peter Gannon, PP, assisted by Fr Richard Delahunty from Dublin. The Funeral Choir rendered a selection of favourite hymns and the soloist was Carmel Glynn. James Glynn gave a lovely rendition of Jealous of the Angels as the coffin was brought down the aisle. Interment took place in St Colman’s Cemetery.
Michael is survived by his wife Angela, sons Micheal and Garreth, daughters Angela (Glynn) and Lucy (Crowe) and in-laws Eamonn, Billy and Trish, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his brothers, PJ, Adrian and Gerald, sisters, Nora, Mary and Geraldine brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.
May he have peaceful rest.