Monday 23 September 2019

Tributes to former councillor Leo

Tributes have been paid to former County Councillor Leo Conlon who passed away last Monday week.

The Geevagh native was first elected to the council in 1979, serving for 25 years until his retirement in 2004. before that year's local elections.

He was chairman on two occasions in 1988 and 1998.

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Tom MacSharry paid tribute to the former Fine Gael Councillor.

"It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Leo Conlon. Leo was an outstanding public representative.

"He was first elected to Sligo County Council in 1979 and was elected Cathaoirleach in 1988 and 1998, and also served as Leas-Cathaoirleach on two occasions.

"He worked extremely hard to serve his constituents, and was responsible for delivering and supporting numerous initiatives in his community.

"He was widely respected across all political interests, he had a passion and enthusiasm for his role as a Councillor and this was reflected in his work over the years.

"Even when he retired as a public representative, his commitment to public service remained and he was a valued member of the Council's Audit Committee for a number of years.

"Leo served as a role model for many young Councillors embarking on a career in public life.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Detta and family at this difficult time," said Cllr MacSharry.

The late Mr Conlon attended his last council meeting in May 2004 where he was praised for long service as a councillor.

He was priased for the work he did for his area and he retired the same day as the late Michael 'Boxer' Conlon who also came from Geevagh.

Then County Manager Hubert Kearns described Michael and Leo Conlon as exceptional members of the council for 25 years. Both were former chairmen who held their office with great dignity, he said.

Mr. Kearns said that he always valued the Conlons' "sense of common sense and decency"

In reply to the many words of tribute, Clr Conlon said of his time on the council: "It was a great experience. When I came here, I thought if I got two terms I would be doing well and here I am 25 years later."

Mr Conlon passed away peacefully in the care of the staff at Abbey Haven Nursing Home, Boyle surrounded by his devoted wife and family.

He is survived by his wife Detta (Moffatt), sons Gerard, Keelan and Raymond, daughters Louise, Muriel and Jennifer, twin brother Vincent, sister Gabriel Rice (U.S.A.). He was predeceased by his brothers Joe and Gerard and sister Evelyn Higgins.

Removal took place to St. Joseph's Church, Geevagh on Wednesday morning last for Mass of Christian Burial with Interment afterwards in Kilmactranny Cemetery.

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