Late judge was ‘a lovely, kind man’
TRIBUTES were paid at Gorey District Court last Wednesday to the late Judge Seán Magee of Greystones who sat on the bench for many years in the Gorey District.
Judge Gerard Haughton informed those present that the retired Judge Magee had sadly passed away the previous day. ‘He was an absolute pleasure to deal with, a gentleman,’ the judge said.
Judge Magee served as a solicitor in Bray before being appointed to the bench in 1979. He served in the Dublin Metropolitan District before he was appointed to the Gorey District.
‘He served with distinction here,’ said Judge Haughton. ‘He was a gentleman on the bench, and a gentleman as a solicitor.’ Judge Magee retired in 1992. ‘He was the type of person on the bench that set standards we all try to emulate, that I have tried to emulate for 25 years,’ said Judge Haughton, expressing his sympathies to his family and friends.
Solicitor Patrick McNiece, based in Greystones and Bray, said that he knew Judge McGee initially as a solicitor, in the early stages of Mr McNiece’s career and the later for Judge Magee, just before he was appointed to the bench.
‘He was a gentleman, who always treated everybody fairly,’ said Mr McNiece.
Maureen Sheehan, legal secretary with the Maguire McNiece firm in their Bray office, said that Judge Magee was the first person she worked for when she was 16 years old.
‘It was the best introduction anyone could have had to working. He was a lovely, kind man, who taught me so much he didn’t have to. He was so sweet, he didn’t know how to offend anyone,’ said Mrs Sheehan. ‘I didn’t take any rubbish from any employers later on. He set the standard of how you should be treated. And he treated everyone the same. You don’t see many like him anymore. If it was a sunny day, Seán would say “we’ll close the office and go and sit in the sun, it doesn’t shine very often.”’
Judge Seán Magee passed away last Tuesday, June 7, at the age of 94. He is survived by his wife Katherine, children John, Susan, Helen and Katie, son-in-law John, grandchildren Jonty and Penny, extended family, relatives and friends. His funeral took place last Saturday morning at the Holy Rosary Church before interment in Redford Cemetery.
The late Judge Seán Magee