Tributes have been paid to community stalwart Pat McGarry who passed away peacefully on Friday (May 21), aged 90. Pat was well known for running a shop in Tean for many years, continuing a family tradition of there being other McGarrys’ shop in the area.
Tributes have been paid to community stalwart Pat McGarry who passed away peacefully on Friday (May 21), aged 90.
Pat was well known for running a shop in Tean for many years, continuing a family tradition of there being other McGarrys’ shop in the area.
He was also a mainstay of local cricketing circles, playing for the village team and later going on to umpire across the region. Pat was also active in local politics and served on both Checkley Parish Council and Staffordshire Moorlands Council over the decades.
Pat was also a big supporter of grassroots sports and voluntary organisations across the area, and was still the President of Tean Royal British Legion Branch.
Pat leaves his wife, Margaret, and three children, Elizabeth, Catherine and Ian. He was also a grandad and great-grandad and, apart from when completing his national service, had always lived in Tean.
Explained his son Ian: “He was born and raised in Tean and his shop was very much at the heart of the community, it was even immortalised in Stoke City’s Pottermouth Battle Cry.
“He loved the village and it would take me an age to list all of the organisations and the things he has been involved in. I don’t know how he fitted everything in.”
Ian added: “His health had been declining for some time but he got to spend his 90th birthday recently at home where we made a fuss of him.
“He read loads of cards and messages that day so at the moment it’s a real comfort to the family that he had this opportunity to learn how well loved he was.
“He was a great man and he’ll leave a big hole in our lives.”
A spokesman for Checkley Parish Council said: “It is with the deepest sadness that we have received the news of the passing of Pat McGarry.
“Pat was a councillor for a number of years and in 2014 the parish council bestowed it’s most honourable distinction and awarded Cllr McGarry, Honorary Freedom of the Parish of Checkley in recognition for services to the community.
“Our thoughts are with Pats wife and family.”
At the time of going to press, funeral arrangements had yet to be confirmed. Enquiries to Field Funeral Service on 01538 722665.
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