PROFILE OF CARL BERNHARD OPPERMANN

 

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DATE OF BIRTH:                               20 August 1927                                                                            Deceased:          7 February 2004

OCCUPATION:                        General Businessman      

RESIDENCE:               29 Willow Park Avenue, Ballymun

MARRIED:                               DATE                           DECEASED     

Florence Towey                                                                                                                          22nd January 1958            30th September 1961

Maura Murphy                            13th July 1963

                       

CHILDREN:

Name                                                    Date of Birth                             Deceased          

Carl Bernhard Oppermann                     25th November 1958                     

Stephen John Oppermann                          25th November 1959

John Oppermann                                     30th September 1961                    30th September 1961

John Peter Oppermann                              23rd March 1964

Mark Oppermann                                     17th July 1965

Anna Marie Oppermann                            13th April 1967

 

HISTORY

 

Carl was the youngest member of the family.  He was born in a nursing home in Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2.  He lived his early life in “Homeville” in Rathmines and went to school in Synge Street with the Christian Brothers.  As a young man Carl’s interests included football – he supported Bohemians Football Club, cards, golf, swimming and dancing.

 

Throughout Carl’s life his great friend was Jimmy Campbell.  In their early twenties the two boys were always up to tricks together and they got into a lot of trouble (nothing serious by year 2005 standards).  They liked nothing more than to get spruced up and go out dancing.  Sometimes their mode of transport was bicycles.

 

Carl always liked to dress well and could be described as a “dapper” dresser.  At night he studied accountancy.  During his teens the family moved to No. 16 Kennilworth Square where Carl lived with John, Sophie and his mother Mary. 

 

Carl married Florence Towey, the eldest daughter of the Towey family from Ballinisland, Foxford, Co. Mayo on 22nd January 1958. They married at St. Columba’s Church, Iona Road, Glasnevin, Dublin.  The best man was his brother Willie and the Bridesmaid was Nancy Towey.  The pageboy was David Corrigan and the flower girl was Maureen Donnelly.  The reception was held at Dublin Airport where his brother John was Catering Manager.  They initially lived in Drumcondra.  In 1957, Carl won a trip to Australia.  Instead of going, he cashed in the ticket and put a deposit down on No. 29 Willow Park Avenue, Dublin 11 where he lived for the rest of his life.

 

On 25th November 1958 their eldest son Carl was born.  Exactly one year later, Stephen was born.  Florence became pregnant again in 1961 but unbeknownst to all she had contracted cancer and sadly died during childbirth on the 30th September 1961 in Holles Street Hospital. 

 

At that stage in his life, Carl was working in the cinema business.  The Grand Cinema in Drumcondra (now Tescos) was one of his charges; it was there he met Maura Murphy; they married on 13th July 1963 and had a further thee children together – John, Anna Maria and Mark. 

 

Carl had a very varied career and worked for various companies including the Metropole Cinema Group, RG DATA, J. P. Cummins (wholesale food suppliers), H. Williams Supermarkets (Personnel Manager) and De La Rue (Personnel Manager).  

 

After his retirement he opened a hardware business.  Carl was an avid D.I.Y. fan and did a lot of home decorating, electrical work and general repair work. 

 

Carl had a passion for westerns, musicals and black and white movies in general.  Musically, he liked Jazz – Shirley Bassey in particular.

 

He was at times a hard taskmaster insisting that all family members sat down for Sunday dinner at 6 pm.  During which he would entertain / bore the family with stories of his youth, Bohemians Football Club, old cars, the Metropole, paying with jam jars to get into the local cinema and in particular old movies. 

 

Carl was a member of St. Anne’s Golf Club for over 24 years and served on various committees at the club which he regarded as his second home.

 

Carl was also a keen gardener and had a phobia about keeping his car clean. 

 

Socially, Carl was a “man about town” – his favourite haunt was the Moira Hotel on Trinity Street – now a multi-storey car park. 

 

Like all the Oppermann boys he inherited the skill of being an excellent cook and liked nothing more than entertaining at Willow Park where there were many memorable nights. 

 

Late in life, Carl suffered significantly with Rheumatoid Arthritis and very pool blood circulation.  Three years before his death, he went through a series of operations at Beaumont Hospital which eventually resulted in the amputation of both his legs.  The strength and willpower he showed directly after the operations was remarkable.  Unfortunately, it seriously affected his quality of life.  He died aged 76 on the 7th February 2004 in the Mater Hospital, Dublin.  

 

 

 

Photo Links

 

Carl’s Wedding to Flo Towey:

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Carl’s Wedding to Maura Murphy:

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Family Photos

Carl’s birth Cert - PhotosMO\G5-Carl Oppermann and Mary Farrell\Carl\Carlsbirthcert.jpg

Car and children on holiday in Kerry:PhotosMO\G5-Carl Oppermann and Mary Farrell\Carl\Carlfamilyinwaterville.jpg

Carl’s Children: PhotosMO\G5-Carl Oppermann and Mary Farrell\Carl\CarlsChildren.jpg

Carl’s sons Carl and Stephen: PhotosMO\G5-Carl Oppermann and Mary Farrell\Carl\CarlStephen.jpg

Stephen: PhotosMO\G5-Carl Oppermann and Mary Farrell\Carl\stephen.jpg

Stephen making his confirmation: PhotosMO\G5-Carl Oppermann and Mary Farrell\Carl\stephenconfirmation.jpg

Carl and his brother Johnny: PhotosMO\G5-Carl Oppermann and Mary Farrell\Carl\JohnnyandCarl.JPG

Carl in 2000: PhotosMO\G5-Carl Oppermann and Mary Farrell\Carl\Carlin2000.jpg

Carl, Stephen, Sophie and Conrad: PhotosMO\G5-Carl Oppermann and Mary Farrell\Carl\CarlSophieStephenConrad.jpg

Carl jr’s wedding in 1981: PhotosMO\G5-Carl Oppermann and Mary Farrell\Carl\Carlswedding1981.jpg

Eve’s Christening: PhotosMO\G5-Carl Oppermann and Mary Farrell\Carl\eveschristening.jpg