In loving memory of Michael O’Hagan who died peacefully on 24th August.
The funeral service was held on Monday 7th September at Mortlake Crematorium. As capacity was limited, sadly many who would have wished to attend could now do so, however personal tributes are shared below.
There are so many things I could say in tribute to my father. He was a true gentleman with a fascinating history who taught me so much about valuing friends and taking the time to listen and show interest in others. He leaves an imprint on many lives and I hope his legacy will live on in all us siblings and grandchildren who miss him enormously. My tribute is best summed up by sharing an extract he included in his literary memoir from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran as he truly was my stable bow.
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The Archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
And he bends you with his might that his arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves the bow that is stable.”
A much loved Uncle.
Although geographical distance created a physical divide over the years between Uncle Michael and his little sister,
Sally and her family in Scotland. We were always kept up to date with news of our ‘London’ family.
Since having children of my own I wanted them to get to know their Great Uncle Michael and have been very grateful that we have been able to share some very happy times together connecting the different generations and I will cherish those memories.
Uncle Michael was a true gentleman. He was kind and generous and had a lively sense of humour. His interest in people and what they had to say was genuine and his knowledge and wisdom was shared whole heartedly. He was so proud of his whole family and all their achievements and loved them deeply.
During this strange and foreign time of COVID we may not be able to visit family as we would wish to at a time of loss and sadness but we share our love for a dear man who touched our lives.
Fiona, Thomas, David and Katy
To a special uncle of whom I have fond memories. A kind and welcoming man who always took and interest in me and the family.
He always looked out for his sister (my mother) and other than my father he was the role model for me to aspire to.
Sleep well Mike and enjoy the cricket where-ever you are watching it from.