Tuesday 21 May 2019

Gerard did so much for Blackrock AC

Obituary: Patrick Gerard Baldwin

Patrick Gerard Baldwin, 10 Elm Park, Blackrock, Dundalk died peacefully on 13 March, 2019, in the tender care of the staff of Our Mother of Mercy Nursing Home, Newry.

Aged 85, Gerard was one of 5 children born to William and Kathleen (nee Kieran) Baldwin.

Gerard served his apprenticeship as a carpenter at The Great Northern Railway (GNR) in the mid-1950's.

He joined the Civil Defence with whom he enjoyed many training camps all over the country where he won a number of awards as a keen marksman.

He attended many ballroom dances both near and far, and it was at one of these dances in 1956 in Dundalk that Gerard met his wife Cecelia (nee McMahon, Broomfield, Castleblayney).

In 1957 he emigrated to England and found work as a carpenter. In 1960 Gerard returned to Ireland and married Cecelia.

He went back to Manchester with Cecelia to start a new adventure, soon taking up a new job as Park Policeman in the city before returning to Ireland for good this time with his family in 1974, settling in Blackrock, Dundalk.

Gerard found work as a security officer in Harp Lager. He stayed in Harp until his retirement in the mid-90's.

Then, he could spend more time in his garden which was his pride and glory, attend more dances and continue his hobby of painting.

However, he received a cruel blow when he lost Cecelia to a short illness not long into his retirement.

Gerard had great skill in his hands and displayed that in his paintings. He won several art competitions in the town hall at the Dundalk art show.

He played a role in the community as a member of Blackrock Athletic Club getting running tracks ready and being treasurer for a number of years.

He also designed and painted the first Geraldines' club name placed over the clubhouse when the Geraldines moved to the Marlbog Road.

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