William 'gave all to his club'

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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WILLIAM Smith's influence on Gaelic in Glasdrumman and its members and
families 'cannot be over-estimated'.
The GAA stalwart was heavily involved in all aspects of Gaelic life in
the South Down area, including the annual Scor competition.
Having served as chairman of Glasdrumman GAC, the Annalong man was a
committee member and "good friend" to the club.
William passed away suddenly last Tuesday (29 May), his death coming as
a shock to those he held dear.
Married to Aileen, he was the father of Aidan, Eugene, Therese (Rooney),
Caroline and Aisling and a devoted grandfather.
His funeral was held on Saturday (2 June) in St Mary's, Glasdrumman with
interment in the adjoining cemetery.
A spokesperson for Glasdrumman GAC said they had been shocked when they
heard of William's death.
“The committee and members of Glasdrumman GAC along with the entire
Glasdrumman community are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden
passing of William.
“We can't put into words just how big an influence he was in the every
day life of our club and it has to be said that our club and its members
benefited greatly from William's wisdom, friendship, dedication and love
of all things GAA," they said.
“We talk with pride of Mourne Granite and William was a man fashioned
out of all that is good in Mourne, he had the strength of Mourne Granite
and he had the pride in his place and the love of his people.
“William was a true friend and good man in every way, he was one of
those people who said 'I will do that' and he did it.
“He epitomised the GAA as the 'Give All Association' for he himself gave
all to his club and his county, more than anyone could have asked."
Some of the roles he held throughout his life included Down GAA's Irish
and Cultural Officer, chairperson of the South Down Committee and vice
chairperson of the County Committee.
Additionally he was a trustee of local charity, Heartbeat NI and
donations in lieu of flowers can be given to this charity, c/o the
family or Doran Funeral Director.
Tributes came in from many within the GAA circles, including Sean Og
McAteer, who spoke at the funeral.
“His wise counsel will be missed by each and every one of us, a man with
a passion for all things Irish, we were privileged to be able to call
William a friend and a colleague.
"On behalf of the family that is Down GAA, we extend our sympathies to
his wife Aileen, his sons and daughters, his grandchildren and the Gaels
of his beloved Glasdrumman."


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