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Members of Peter Dixon's beloved Scouting Ireland leading his funeral through the streets of Dundalk last week.

Members of Peter Dixon's beloved Scouting Ireland leading his funeral through the streets of Dundalk last week.

Members of Peter Dixon's beloved Scouting Ireland leading his funeral through the streets of Dundalk last week.

BORN IN St. Nicholas Avenue in 1931, Peter Dixon was a son of John and Elizabeth Dixon.

His family was steeped in the tradition of the GAA, but Peter had no involvement in the GAA other than driving Louth players to matches on occasions.

His father, John was County Registrar of the Louth County Board for over 50 years and his brother Tommy was also registrar for many years.

Peter is survived by his brother, Willie, sister, Lilly Crawley, nephews, nieces, sister-in-law, Briege, brother-in-law, Michael and by many, many friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Tommy and Paddy, and sisters, Alice Hickey and Maura English.

Peter died peacefully in his home on Friday, February 17. He had been ill for just a short time.

Having reposed at his funeral home, his cortege left for St. Nicholas via Castletown Road, pausing at the Scout Hall before travelling through Philip Street, Patrick Street and finally Bridge Street.

Along the route the crowds lined the streets as the cortege was escorted by a lone piper, members of the Irish Association of Funeral Directors and a colour party composed of members of Scouting Ireland.

The remains were received by the celebrant of the Requiem Mass, Rev. Garret Campbell C.C. Also present was Bishop Gerard Clifford, a close friend of Peter's, and an estimated 40 priests from the Archdiocese.

They included the current Administrator, Very Rev. Mark O'hagan and former Administrators of the parish with whom Peter worked.

Before the Mass, the many awards that Peter received during his life, including his Papal Medal, were taken to the altar by Liam and Oisin Dixon.

The readings were given by Peter's brother Willie and local scout leader, Brendan Mcguinness, while the Prayers of Intercession were led by Patricia Kehoe, grand nieces, Amanda Hickey and Carrie Lee, scouts, Tony Smyth and Fintan Sheridan, and Sean Casey, who was involved with Peter in forming the first Louth troop.

The Offertory Gifts were presented by brother, Willie and sister, Lilly.

At the end of Mass a tribute was paid to Peter's work for Scouting Ireland by Paul Ring, who deputised for the Chief Scout.

The beautiful singing was provided by the St. Nicholas choir under organist, Brendan Mccourt and the soloist were Deridre Morgan, Mary O'hanlon and Noel Anderson.

At the end of Mass there was a real treat for the overflow congregation when soloist, Margaret Brennan and Brian Dunphy of the 'High Kings', accompanied by Seamus Brett, gave a magnificent rendering of the Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightmen number 'Time to Say Goodbye'.

Peter's remains were taken for burial in St. Patrick's cemetery.

The Month's Mind Mass will be held on Sunday, March 25, in St. Nicholas Church at noon.