Sunday 17 November 2019

Game mourns passing of 'guiding light' Perry

Former Golfing Union of Ireland president Fred Perry
Former Golfing Union of Ireland president Fred Perry

Irish amateur golf is in mourning following the passing of former Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) president and "guiding light" Fred Perry.

A larger than life figure for half a century, he was an integral member of the West of Ireland championship committee for 42 years and much-loved for his great humour and straight-talking style.

As willing to rake bunkers at Rosses Point or referee Rory McIlroy's first Irish Close final as he was to be appointed convenor of the GUI's Constitution Review Committee, his unexpected death on Saturday at the age of 84 is a huge blow - not just to his family and friends but also to Irish amateur golf.

Fred was president of the GUI in 1982 and a trustee until his death.

GUI president John Moloughney described his passing as "a massive loss,"adding: "Fred was a one-off. He was committed to golf and the ethos of the game. He was a father figure in Irish golf."

GUI chief executive Pat Finn said: "Fred was a guiding light who embodied the spirit and values of the game of golf. He had an innate sense of what was right for the GUI and he selflessly dedicated so much of his time to make the Union stronger."

Originally from Bunclody in Co Wexford, he moved west in 1953 and settled in Boyle, Co Roscommon.

First elected in 1974, Perry was proud to be the longest-serving member of the GUI's Central Council Committee.

His funeral service will be held in the Church of Ireland, Boyle, tomorrow at 2.0.

Irish Independent

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