The London Wexford Association and the larger Irish community were very saddened to hear of the passing of Noel Swaine, the much-loved husband of the late Helen who died at his home on June 2.
Noel, formely from Ballycarney, Ferns, who resided at Gladstone Park Gardens, Dollis Hill, NW2, London, celebrated his 80th birthday in December, 2014. He was Life Vice President of The London Wexford Association and a man who participated in all the activities within the association over the years.
Whether fund raising or through social events, Noel was always on hand to help out to a varied amount of charitable causes.
President Michael Sills described Noel as a man of action who was always on the go and very generous with his time.
'He was such a loving, caring person who would always enjoy the company of others and above all always his own man and a person not for turning. He was very proud of his Wexford roots and always proud to wear his Wexford badge.'
Chairman Tommy Harrell said Noel made a valuable contribution to the association during his time.
'He did great work within the Irish community in London over the years. He had been in London since the '50s was of the old school. His presence will be dearly missed.'
Lucia Butler, PRO of The London Wexford Association said she took over the role as PRO from Noel in 2012.
'Noel was an enthusiastic and witty man and always knew what he wanted. He loved the limelight and always was proud to have his photograph taken. He was a very well-respected colleague and friend to all in the association'.
'We, in the association, shall miss him sorely for his contribution was immense. Our thoughts are with his brothers Mervyn and George and sister Betty, his nieces, nephews, family and friends to whom we send our condolences'.
He will be greatly missed. May he Rest In Peace.