TRIBUTES HAVE been paid to former Louth County Manager Mr Paddy Lavin, 24 Elm Park, Blackrock, who died on Sunday.
A native of Portahard, Frenchpark, Roscommon, Mr Lavin had a distinguished career in the public service. He served as County Secretary in Louth from 1969 to 1974 and was County Manager from 1977 until his retirement in 1987. He is survived by his wife Ena, daughters Ita, Siobhán and Fionnuala, son Dermot, grandchildren Heather, Jennifer, Ian, Niall, Dearbhaile, Kate, Killian, Louise, Mark and Ronan, his sons-in-law, sisters, relatives and friends.
He was remembered with fondness by councillors and officials at the monthly meeting of Louth County Council as news of his death broke on Monday morning.
Chairman Cllr Finnan McCoy recalled that it had not been an easy time when he served as County Manager as the country was going through a similar situation as now. He described Mr Lavin as ' always a gentleman' and extended his sympathy to his wife and family,
Cllr Declan Breathnach said Mr Lavin was of the same vintage as his father and he had got to know him while he was secretary to the local water group and always found him most helpful.
'He was one of nature's gentlemen.'
Cllr Jim Lennon remembered working with him on a GAA committee, praising the contribution he had made. ' He was a lovely lovely man.'
Cllr Martin Bellew said he had always found him to be ' very approachable'.
County Manager Ms Joan Martin said she had worked with Mr Lavin when she joined the council as a clerical officer in 1979.
'He lead the council through very tough times, through an earlier recession' she said. ' He was always a very fair minded man, a true gentleman. He was a very quiet spoken man but at the same time he dedicated most of his working life to Louth. The county owes him a a debt of gratitude.'
Removal took place on Tuesday evening at 6 o'clock to St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, arriving 6.30. Funeral Mass takes place on Wednesday at 12 noon with burial immediately afterwards in St. Patricks Cemetery, Dundalk.