Denis Ward from Meenmore has just retired from the Cope in Dungloe after just over fifty years service with the west Donegal company.
Father of three Denis began his career in the Cope in May 1968 and over the years he served the community exceptionally well, finishing up as manager of the menswear department.
Anyone who ever went to the menswear department was sure to exit the premises and them very well 'suited and booted' by Denis no matter what the occasion.
He had a great sense of clothing style and always ensured that the customer left happy.
Among his customers over the years were singer Daniel OíDonnell and Donegal Senior Manager Declan Bonner, both of whom left message for him on the Cope's social media network.
On his final day customers from all over the northwest came into the store to wish him well and for many have a photograph taken with the man who looked after them for over fifty years. Even Dungloe undertaker Shaun Mc Glyn arrived with his measuring tape so the two top measuring men in Dungloe could have a bit of banter.
Cope Managing Director Mark Sharkey spoke at the farewell event and he paid tribute to Denis for his excellent service to the company over the years.
Denis was joined by his wife Dolores, daughters Sarah-Anne, Denise and Catherine and extended family members with whom he'll now have more time to spend with as he enjoys his retirement.
(Photos: Eoin McGarvey)
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