The former director of St Michael’s Institution (SMI), (Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia), Datuk Brother Vincent Corkery passed away today at Fatimah Hospital here. He breathed his last at 12.18pm. He was 87 years old.
His niece, Noreen Stanley said Brother Vincent had been admitted since March 2 after complaining of breathing difficulties. “I flew from Ireland and reached here on Friday after my family was informed of his deteriorating condition,” she said when met at the hospital here, adding that she would be representing the family at the bedside.
Brother Vincent was a former director of the institution during his 30 years at the school, and had celebrated his 70th year as a La Salle Brother in 2015.
Born in Cork, Ireland in November 1928, Brother Vincent first joined the La Salle religious congregation in 1942 and took his first vows as a Brother in 1945. After teaching in Singapore and continuing his education in Ireland, Brother Vincent was posted to St Michael’s Institution in Ipoh in 1957 where taught English, Literature, and History, as well as serving as the Brother Sub-Director. In 1971, he was appointed as director, a post which he held until 1976. As director, he was feted for doing away with academic ability-based streaming and introducing mixed ability classes instead.
Another La Sallian Brother, Brother Matthew Bay said the passing of Brother Vincent was a great loss to the institution.
He described Brother Vincent as a nice, caring, concerned, and a simple person, who was very much involved in poetry and literature works.
Wake services Tuesday night (March 22) and Wednesday (March 23) at 8pm at St Michael’s Church.
Funeral Mass would be held at St.Michael’s Church on Thursday (March 24th) at 10.30am, followed by burial at the adjoining cemetery.
Brother Vincent, born Jerry Corkery, grew up in Liscahane, and is a brother of our own Eily Buckley, of Jack Corkery, Liscahane and of Sr. Rupert (Killarney). He returned regularly to Millstreet to visit family and friends. His last visit was last July where he attended a family wedding.
We have had a number of article on Brother Vincent, you can see them here.
A very nice man. May he rest in peace.
Brother Vincent gives a short speech at his 70th Anniversary on August 3rd 2015
St. Michael’s Institution (SMI) Ipoh
The Passing Of Brother Vincent Corkery (with comments) – IPOHworld.org
Perak Mourns the loss of an educator – the Star
Millstreet De La Salle Brother made a lasting contribution to Malaysia – The Corkman (April 9th 2016)