THE death of well known Letterkenny businessman Clement Harvey at his Drumnahoe home on Sunday last was learned of with great sadness.
A qualified auctioneer, Mr Harvey (75) ran the CSI Building Society for Letterkenny before opening a number of businesses in town.
He started with the Square Mod Boutique clothes shop in the Market Square. Denim Corner also began trading in the Square before moving into the Courtyard Shopping Centre.
Clem, as he was affectionately known, also ran an amusement arcade for a period of time on the site of Pat’s on the Square while he sold the first kebabs in town more than thirty years ago. He also had a motorbike shop for a period of time on Church Lane.
A noted publican, he ran the Lucky 7 bar and B&B on Market Square, a premises which had slot machines and a pool room upstairs, while he had Clem’s Place on Port Road, where the 4 Lanterns now operates from.
Mr Harvey was also the wholesale distributor for Tennent’s Lager in Donegal for over 20 years.
A keen football supporter, Clem followed the fortunes of the Republic of Ireland soccer team, both at home and abroad. He travelled all over the world to watch the Boys in Green, attending all the major tournaments that Ireland qualified.
A volunteer with Special Olympics, particularly when the 2003 World Games came to Ireland, Clem also lent his considerable talents to the Letterkenny Pantomime Society while he sang in multiple choirs, mainly the Church of the Irish Martyrs choir.
While his brother Noel was a keen rally enthusiast, Clem also had an interest in cars and took part in a few rallies in the days before the official Donegal International Rally got up and running.
His funeral Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Irish Martyrs on Tuesday by his nephews Fr Stephen Gorman (Milford) and Fr Niall Coll (Ballintra), assisted by Fr Philip Kemmy, St Eunan’s Cathedral, and Fr Brian Quinn, Adm., Church of the Irish Martyrs.
Music was under the direction of Patrick Doherty while readings and Prayers of the Faithful were done by family members.
Interment afterwards to New Leck Cemetery with the funeral cortège travelling via Letterkenny Main Street, stopping off at the site of Clem’s Place, the Lucky 7 and the entrance to the Courtyard Shopping Centre, en route.
He is survived by his wife Bridget and family Siobhan Hannigan, Drumerdagh, Fiona Creagh, Drumerdagh, Ciarán, Coolboy, Breda McClintock, Drumerdagh, Sammy, Drumnahoe and Maria O’Doherty, Drumnahoe, his sisters Mary Fisher, Drumkeen and Ann Toner, Drumkeen, his brother Noel, Cornagill, Golf Course Road, 18 grandchildren, sons-in-law Michael Hannigan, Barry Creagh, Marcus McClintock, James O’Doherty and daughter-in-law Debra, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and a wide circle of family and friends. He is pre-deceased b his infant son, Joseph, father Seán (John) and mother, Sarah.