Sunday, April 04, 2010

Howard Temple passed away

Howard Temple, Chairman of Magees, passed away this week. Howard was 97, and is survived by his wife Maureen, son Lynn, and daughters Claire Moore and Caroline Brabazon.

The Donegal Democrat reports:
The town of Donegal was in deep shock yesterday afternoon as news emerged that one of the town's most prominent residents and a captain of industry in the county had passed away.
Howard Temple, Chairman of Magee of Donegal, just a few months short of his 97th birthday, peacefully passed away yesterday afternoon after bravely fighting a long illness.
And the Irish Times has an indepth article about Howard and about Magees and its founding (and where I got the photograph of Mr. Temple):
The Magee title dates from a previous owner who founded a drapery shop in Donegal town in 1866. The owner’s brother owned a hotel and was so impressed with the sales skills of a teenage Robert Temple, who sold him a pair of woodcock, that he recommended him as an apprentice.
The apprentice became the owner of the shop in 1900 and decided to keep the name Magee. The business had already expanded to purchase homespun hand-woven tweed around the fairs in southwest Donegal.
Robert Temple was joined by his eldest son Howard in 1931, just three years after the family moved from living quarters above the shop to a new home at the edge of Donegal town. Howard felt a natural drive to become actively involved in the family business and studied at home in the evenings for a university degree.
My condolences to the Temple family.

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