Late of Liscahane, Millstreet. Passed away peacefully at his mission in Malaysia on March 22nd 2016, aged 87. Brother of Jack; Sr. Rupert, Presentation Convent, Killarney; Eily Buckley and the late Denis, Ted, & Michael.
Sadly missed by the De La Salle Community, his sisters-in-law Eily, Maureen & Jo, family and friends.
Interred in Malaysia.
Memorial Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet on Saturday April 2nd at 10am.
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. [read more …] “Brother Vincent Corkery passes away”
HARDLY an adult at the age of 20, Irish lad Vincent J. Corkery set sail on the Peninsular & Orient S.S. Carthage for Malaya, half a world away, in 1948.
Leaving his family in Millstreet Town (Liscahane), a little known place in Cork County, Ireland, he was about to embark on his first teaching post as a La Salle Brother.
Since then, the former Brother Director of St Michael’s Institution Ipoh has continued to lead an active role in the development of local education.
In recognition of his contribution, Brother Vincent was conferred the Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP) award, which carries the title Datuk, by the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah in April this year.
Sterling service: Brother Vincent with the Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak award from the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah.
He recalled that he had to travel for three weeks on a ship when he first came to the country.
Brother Vincent J. Corkery, Director of La Salle Centre in Ipoh, described the datukship conferred on him in conjunction with the Sultan of Perak’s 82nd birthday as “a signal” of recognition for St Michael’s Institution as a long established beacon of excellence, where young people without distinction are prepared to take their place in society and serve with honesty and dedication.
He is happy to receive the award, Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), on behalf of the La Salle Brothers and St Michael’s Institution. “It will be greeted with joy amongst the thousands of our ever faithful alumni”, he said.
Brother Vincent, who was dressed in the ceremonial costume of Perak’s dato, received the award at an investiture ceremony in the throne room of Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar on April 19. A total of 912 people, including the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, were conferred with awards and medals in the birthday’s honour list.
Brother Vincent Corkery (Jerry Corkery) formerly of Liscahane, who has been on the Missions with the La Salle Brothers at St. Michaels Institution in Ipoh (Malaysia), was yesterday conferred a Datukship by the Sultan of Perak in recognition of his contributions in the education sector in Ipoh. The conferring is in conjunction with his Highness’ 82nd birthday (April 19th 2010). The investiture ceremony was held at the Iskandariah Palace in Kuala Kangsar.
We hope Brother Vincent had a great and eventful day. Congratulations!
Afterwards he commented:
I wish to express my deepest appreciation to His Highness the Sultan of Perak for this high honour, which I am happy to receive on behalf of the La Salle Brothers and St. Michael’s Institution.
As we approach our first centenary, it is a signal recognition for St Michael’s as a long established beacon of excellence. Here young people without distinction are prepared to take their place in society and serve with honesty and dedication.
It will be greeted with joy among the thousands of our ever faithful alumni.
The honour is timely and much appreciated.
with thanks to his sister Eily Buckley for the news