SADNESS has been expressed following the death of one Tyrone’s longest established business figures.
Fay McCaffrey, who spent more than 40 years at the helm of P McDermott & Sons, passed away peacefully last Friday at the age of 88.
From humble beginnings in Clogher, he joined the Dromore company as young man in 1952, working alongside the McDermott family until he took over the firm himself in 1973.
With the help of his own family, he continued to build the company into one of best established merchant businesses in the county, later expanding the firm into a second premises in Omagh, purchasing McKeown Brothers on Sedan Avenue in 1989.
Speaking this week after Monday’s funeral in Dromore, his son John said it was said of his father that “he was wise headed but not hard hearted”.
“His main principles were hard work and honesty and he always greatly admired somebody like himself who started with nothing and got to where they were by working hard,” he said.
“He worked every day solidly until about four years ago, he just gave it up when he was no longer fit.”
Driven on by a close relationship with his siblings, Fay McCaffrey always embodied a hardworking spirit. After spending some time in Fintona, it was his brother-in-law Charlie McAleer of Dromore who secured him employment with Tony McDermott in Dromore.
Some 21 years after he began working for the company, in 1973 he took over when Tony McDermott retired, first leasing the business, then buying it outright.
“He was always grateful to Charlie, who was married to his sister Brigid, for bringing him to Dromore and got him the job,” said John.
Posted: 11:18 am August 12, 2017