Fond farewell to care­taker Oliver


Bray People - - News Focus -

THE STAFF and pupils of St. Fer­gal’s Ju­nior Na­tional School wished farewell last Thurs­day to their old friend Oliver Lowe, who re­tired as care­taker of the school af­ter 27 years of faith­ful ser­vice.

Oliver said that while he will miss his work very much his plans on spending the next few weeks and spending plenty of time with his fam­ily, his wife Frances and their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

‘Mr. Lowe has been an icon to gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren in the school,’ said Prin­ci­pal Maire Dun­phy. ‘It is with some sad­ness that we say Slán leat agus go raibh maith agat. We wish him a long and happy re­tire­ment. Thank you Oliver.’

Oliver was pre­sented with farewell cards from the chil­dren as well as a beau­ti­ful piece of crys­tal from the school fol­lowed by a party that night in the Martello with the staff.

‘It’s just amaz­ing how fast 27 years can pass,’ he said, adding that he had been there when some of the par­ents of cur­rent pupils had been at the school.

His own chil­dren and grand­chil­dren also at­tended St. Fer­gal’s and he said that it was great to go in to work and see them there dur­ing the day.

‘My last day brought back many mem­o­ries. When I looked around at some of the faces I recog­nised the kids of peo­ple who had been at the school when I first started.’

A keen sports fan, Oliver will con­tinue to sup­port his favourites, Liver­pool and Le­in­ster, in foot­ball and rugby. He goes to all the Le­in­ster matches.

Oliver also en­joys mu­sic and walk­ing, and there is no doubt that he take full ad­van­tage of a long and happy re­tire­ment with no short­age of com­pany.

The staff and chil­dren of St. Fer­gal’s say good­bye to care­taker Oliver Lowe in their own colour­ful way.

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