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Prominent local businessman Arthur McGale passes away

HUNDREDS of mourners attended the funeral of one of Omagh’s most prominent businessmen during the latter half of the 20th century.

Arthur McGale, who set up McGale’s Furnishings on John Street over 60 years ago, died on Sunday past at the age of 93.

At his funeral, which took place on Wednesday in the Sacred Heart Church, Omagh, parish priest, Fr Eugene Hasson described Mr McGale as ‘someone who looked after his customers and friends’.

“Every family has its own personal book of remembrance written in the hearts of its members. The McGale family have shared their memories of a father, grandfather and great grandfather,” Fr Hasson said.

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“Arthur was described by his family as someone who was born into limited circumstance and left Omagh as a young man to work in Belfast and in Glasgow.

“Here in 1954 he set up his furniture business in John Street and took a particular satisfaction in his son Shane’s decision to continue the family business.

“Shane spoke to me about the example that his father was, developing a relationship with his customers where they were not just consumers but friends.

“There were stories from customers and friends about the support and trust that Arthur put in them when sometimes they struggled to pay the bills that they owed. But in the end everything worked out as everyone wanted it to.”

Fr Hasson continued, “For people who believe in Jesus death is in inevitable, but for people of faith it is also a beginning. Our book of remembrance is a reminder that the one we love has gone before us into a new life, a life that we can only dream about and imagine until we, too, see God face to face.”

Mr McGale, who lived on the Dromore Road, is survived by his children Brendan, Siobhan, Barry and Shane. He was predeceased by his brothers and sisters.

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