Creaghan, T.Marvin

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                                  T. MARVEN CREAGHAN
                         Honored for hard Work Generous Spirit
                                     By Gail Savoy

To many he is remembered as a shy man but also one who would help out anyone if needed.

T. Marven Creaghan died Nov. 15 after a lengthy illness. He was one of the last to operate the family-owned Creaghan clothing store in Newcastle.

A former employee Nicky Dolan, who was the last manager of the men’s wear department, remembers his former employer as a fair and honest man. “He was a nice guy. Real quiet,” he said.

Jack and Doris Tozer became very good friends with Creaghan and his wife Davida after he was transferred to Newcastle to operate the store. Doris said she did not know too much about the businessman Creaghan was, but remembers him more for his love of his family and involvement in many community organizations. “Marven was very family oriented. He enjoyed his family and tried to visit them often.”

Of all the groups that he was organized in, Doris thinks probably his favorite was the Miramichi Golf and Country Club, of which he was a past president. Marven put in a lot of volunteer hours at the golf club when working in the office,” she said. “But he also enjoyed playing the game and for years played with a foursome once or twice a week. For the past two or three years Marven along with my husband, Jack, Bill Gregan, and Maurie Hay golfed together.”

Generous businessman

“When not golfing,” said Nelson Stewart owner of the Goodie Shop Restaurant, “Creaghan was in for coffee.” Stewart said he had great admiration for the man, noting Creaghan was an excellent businessman during his day and he prospered. “And he would always help you out. Not just me, but anybody who needed it,” Stewart said. “It meant a lot because he was an extremely efficient fellow. So if he said he was going to do something for you, it got done right away.”

Creaghan was a regular at the Goodie Shop, in for coffee with friends and to say hello to other patrons. He is sadly missed there, said manager Shawn Boisvert, still hearing his response when she asked how he was doing. “’Very well, my lady,’ he would always say,” Boisvert said, laughing. “He said that to all the waitresses. ‘My lady.’”

Doug Shanahan knew Creaghan well, recalling when the two attended university at Saint Francis Xavier in Antigonish, N.S. “He was taking business and I was in science. Marven was very sociable and studious. Ambitious, you could say.” Both being from Miramichi, sharing a similar upbringing, Shanahan remembers Creaghan dropping by his room often and the two chatting about home and the future. “He always applied himself, but was very friendly and became a good friend of mine.”

Creaghan’s funeral was held at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Nov. 18. The funeral was largely attended by family and friends from across the province and the Maritimes. He was buried in Riverview yesterday.

Source: Miramichi Leader – November 21, 2000

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