The late Mick (King) McCormack died on May 2012 in his adopted country (New York) USA.
King McCormack hailed from the Old Road (near Tipperary Hills) Tipperary Town. He emigrated to USA (as did many of his generation) and made his home there. He enlisted in the American army and was stationed in Fort Nix in the Paratroopers. He was posted in Germany and was in a special unit which was formed to foster good relations between the US army and the German people – through sports. This is where The King’s soccer talent came in – he having played soccer with St. Michaels AFC Tipperary Town before he emigrated. He played for the army soccer team against the German civilian teams and made many friends through these soccer matches which he organised. It also helped to familiarise himself and others with the German language, so much so he became fluent in the German language while travelling to many different towns in Germany arranging soccer matches, which helped in no small way to foster good relationships with the German people. Through all those years he never forgot his native town of Tipperary and returned many times to meet up with his Tipperary friends – and had many a sing song in the “local establishments”. He had a fine singing voice and he loved the music of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Glen Miller and loved the Swing Era. When he left the army he joined Con Edison & Co., and spent many years with that firm – retiring at 63 years. The King was to the fore (as was Billy Barron, Tipp Town and Paddy and John Kelly, Tipp Town) in the formation of the Shamrocks Soccer Team in New York. He met his wife, Catherine, at the Tipperary Ball and they married in 1968 and had two lovely daughters – Colleen and Erin and was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren.
He fought a brave battle with colon cancer until he died in May 2012. His death has left a great void within his family relatives and his many friends in Tipperary Town.
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