(B1873) Michael John McGahey & Isobella Cowan (D1918)
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Michael John McGahey

{Michael John McGahey}

Born in 1873 at Portsae, Hampshire, England he grew up in Stepcote Hill, Exeter. He went to Heles School and started work with Dunn & Baker solicitors as a junior clerk. One of the senior partners took an interest in him and helped him through night school and gave him a partnership with the firm. He had a paper round to pay for night school. He passed his law exams with first class honours and became a leading advocate of the day in the west of England. A Freeman and Alderman of the city of Exeter and for twentry years the Chairman of Exeter City Football Club. He naturely went with the club and reported on the tour for the Express and Echo, which was reprint in the 1990's. The reports were.

CITY TOUR TEAM IN A BRUSH WITH THE LAW

and

WHEN CITY SAILED IN WATERS OF WAR

On Tueday the 22nd August 1944 while staying at his son Edgar's house, and the family were away on holiday he past away aged 71. The paper reported that day and a second report the following Thursday:-

Express & Echo

Turday 22nd August 1944

Death Of Mr. M. J. McGahey At Exeter

The "Express & Echo" reports with regret the death last night of Mr. M. J. McGahey, well-known scolictor, elderman of the city council, and president of Exeter City Football club. The news comes as a great shock to numerous friends and accquaintences throughout Devon, for Mr McGahey, who has been active to the last, was a familiar figure and a man of many interests. As an advocate in the law courts he had few equals in the west of England. He also rendered grand service to his native city of Exeter in several spheres.

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Express & Echo

Thursday 24nd August 1944

McGahey,---On August 22nd 1944, Michael John McGahey, aged 71 years. Private cremation tommorow (Friday), August 25th. Memorial service Exeter Cathedral at 12 noon Friday. No flowers, no morning.

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Isobella Cowan

{Isobella Cowan}

Isobella was John Michael McGahey's first wife. Her father served in the coastguard service. They came originally from Larne in Irland, then moved to Whitehaven and then Croyde in North Devon. Isobella was one of four childern: Liza, Robert and Margaret. Isobella died on the 16th May 1918. Her sister Liza "Aunt Liza" lived to be 100 years old, at Preston House, Saunton Sands in North Devon. She had one Daughter Daisy who died in 1933. Aunt Liza died on the 27th January 1968.

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