THERE was deep disappointment in Clara and the encircling space on the information of the passing of Michael Nestor who died on December 9, 2022.
Michael based the Centre for Unbiased Residing in Tullamore (CIL) in 1996.
At his funeral mass his son Michael mentioned, ”CIL was one among his proudest achievements in offering service for these like himself who had bodily or sensory disabilities throughout Laois and Offaly and it is exhausting to seize in phrases how a lot this meant to him.
It was every little thing to him. Numerous numbers of individuals over the past couple of days have talked about how he was personally concerned in serving to and supporting them all through difficult conditions of their lives. And what a legacy that is to go away behind.
He really made a distinction that can stay on lengthy after and I simply need to give a honest phrase of due to all his colleagues in OCIL and Irish Wheelchair Affiliation and all of the assist and care through the years which made such a distinction to his life and our lives and to many individuals’s lives,” mentioned Michael.
Nevertheless, OCIL was not his solely curiosity and his son Michael mentioned he was most at residence within the peace and quiet of nature. A chunk of Lavatory Yew was delivered to the altar representing his shut ties with bogland all through the midlands.
”From the numerous walks that he took on the Woodfield lavatory and the numerous years he spent in Bord na Mona and later with Celtic Roots which was his dream job. It additionally represented his deep love of historical past and his reference to the land.
Lately he would spend hours within the conservatory watching birds outdoors the window, Lastly now he’ll get out to stroll the bogs once more and breathe the contemporary air,” mentioned Michael.
A video of Offaly GAA was additionally delivered to the altar symbolising Mick’s love of sport.
”He beloved all sports activities notably soccer, hurling and athletics. He had immense pleasure in belonging to 1 membership and one county. He embodied the voluntary nature of the GAA each as a participant with the membership, county official and membership official together with county secretary. He additionally served as a referee in Offaly for a few years.
His dedication to membership and county was reciprocated from all his personal comrades who supplied a large assist community for himself and all of the household and this meant a lot to him.
He beloved nothing greater than lads calling into the home telling yarns about matches through the years. Many of the tales revolved round varied scrapes that he was concerned with through the years.
One of many final issues he mentioned was that he was actually trying ahead to with the ability to have a chat with all these lads once more. There will probably be a number of county finals replayed up in heaven now for certain,” added Michael.
An image of a German pointer, known as Sweet was additionally delivered to the altar. It represented his deep love and reference to animals which he handed on to his household.
”We had many canines through the years there was one thing about German Pointers that actually stood out to him and had been particular to him. I bear in mind as a younger lad heading as much as Newry to gather Sweet and he had nice plans to breed champion hunt canines. He even went so far as constructing state-of-the-art kennels and had a run out the again.
Inside two weeks of this canine arriving within the place she was sleeping within the mattress and when she ultimately delivered pups it was within the sizzling press,” mentioned Michael.
”Nothing was extra vital to him than household. He constructed a household and residential as a younger man and he supplied his household with every little thing to place us heading in the right direction.
I need to acknowledge the function his household performed particularly in recent times pitching in with assist when issues received exhausting. I need to acknowledge my mom Nancy and the style through which she cared for my father for therefore a few years. She embodies the values of energy resilience, persistence and love in an unquestioning and unwavering approach and I do know this meant every little thing to him as much as the very finish.
Now the outdated man can relaxation straightforward he fought a great struggle and he made a distinction.”
A Man of Imaginative and prescient and an Inspirational Chief
The Board of Administrators and employees of Offaly Centre for Unbiased Residing paid this tribute to Michael.
”In June of 1991 Michael sustained a spinal cord injury following an unlucky work-related motor bike accident, which left him paralysed from the neck down.
Following 11 months of rehabilitation in, Dun Laoghaoire, he returned to stay along with his spouse and household. Life for Michael steadily settled all the way down to one among full dependency and fixed frustration, as a consequence of his bodily incapacity.
Nevertheless, in 1993 his occupational therapist, launched Michael to the idea of a Private Assistant (P.A.) as there was a pilot scheme operating in Dublin at the moment.
Michael grew to become the second individual outdoors Dublin to make use of a P.A. Michael was not blissful to be outlined by his incapacity and so his highway to restoration started.
Within the spring of 1993 he was supplied a pc course within the FÁS coaching centre in Athlone. His P.A. facilitated Michael to attend this coaching.
He realized to modify on and function a pc utilizing the one digit obtainable to him on the time, his left index finger. Leaving the centre with 4 exams in computerized accounts below his belt and from an IT perspective, he was effectively ready to maneuver on.
It grew to become an ideal pleasure to have the liberty finally to speak with the skin world and moreover it gave him an ideal feeling of accomplishment to have the ability to do that with out having to always depend on his spouse and household.
Seeing the worth of a P.A service, ambition and a pure intuition in direction of self-advancement led him to look in direction of pastures new and open up an entire new world to him.
Having had an in depth profession in Bord na Mona and the GAA previous to his accident, and having skilled the idea of Private Assistant he determined to type a committee and arrange a CE Scheme OPAS (Offaly Private Assistant Companies).
He later arrange OCIL (Offaly Centre for Unbiased Residing) CLG (a registered charity) in 1996, in his native county of Offaly, which is now positioned on the Clonminch highway Tullamore.
Michael was not blissful to simply profit from the PA service himself he wished to increase this service in order that different folks with disabilities may gain advantage from it.
By way of OCIL Michael actively promoted the philosophy of unbiased residing to individuals with bodily and/or sensory disabilities, to allow them to stay unbiased lives in their very own properties/communities versus institutional companies supplied by the state.
Michael’s imaginative and prescient was to make use of a P.A. which might empower the individual with a incapacity (Chief, as they grew to become recognized), to take management of their very own life and stay as an energetic citizen and take part in group actions as an equal citizen of the state.
This was paramount to Michael. This working partnership usually result in creating lifelong friendships between the Chief and PA.
Michael’s drive, imaginative and prescient, ambition and advocacy in selling the wants of people with bodily and sensory disabilities over the previous 30 years all achieved on a voluntary foundation, has made enormous affect on the lives of many leaders and their households within the native communities.
He was awe inspiring by his optimistic can do perspective and at all times discovering a approach round any impediment that arose He was a wealth of information and was beneficiant in sharing that data with others.
As an affidavit to Michael’s legacy OCIL gives private Assistant companies to Leaders in counties Laois and Offaly and the service continues to thrive.
Michael leaves behind a really superb legacy that individuals with bodily and or/ sensory disabilities will proceed to get pleasure from into the long run and can change their lives a lot for the higher. He will probably be sadly missed by all in Offaly Centre for Unbiased Residing and afar for his by no means ending power and enthusiasm.
Might all of your good deeds go along with you Michael and that you could be now benefit from the peace you so richly deserve.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”