Friday 16 November 2018

Peter Sands lived dozens of lives in one

His death last weekend at the age of 91 brought back many memories for those who had encountered him in various guises over the decades.

It was his role with the FCA that perhaps marked Peter Sands, his keenness for punctuality and discipline well-known and respected.

He joined the ranks of the organisation in 1946 when it was founded, attached to the South Louth Company as it was then known.

His platoon commander was future cabinet minister Padraig Faulkner.

Commissioned in 1955, Peter was promoted to captain and appointed quarter-master of the 8th Batt in 1970.

At that time, they often undertook full-time roles in security along the border.

He was appointed O.C in 1973 in succession to great GAA man Sean Murray and in 1978 rose to the rank of commandant.

In his pre-NCO days, he won a number of honours on the rifle range.

The day job for Peter was as a rate collector, a job he took on in 1959.

He was chairman of the Louth branch of the Local Government Officials' Union, and would go on to be president of the national union.

Peter was involved in an auctioneering business at one time with George Taaffe in Ardee and farmed on a limited scale.

GAA was also a great love, and he was a member of St Kevin's for decades.

Peter was a member of Fianna Fail, the Director of Elections for many battles, and in June 2007 became a senator in the 22nd Seanad Éireann.

He became a leader in the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament later in life,

He lost his beloved Una some years ago, and a son, Oliver, in the late '60s.

Peter is sadly missed by his children Vivian, Con, Kieran, Rita, Aine and Terence, sister Patricia, daughters-in-law Imelda, Elizabeth and Bernice, sons-in-law Thomas and James, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

His funeral was on Monday at St. Finian's Church, Dromin.

Irish Independent