Late judge was ‘a lovely, kind man’

Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOG­A­RTY

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

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