Jack Dawson: A Lansdowne Legend Passes Away

Feb 26, 2013

Members will be deeply saddened to learn of the death of our much loved Jack Dawson.

The President, Dermot McCarron, the Executive Committee and all the members of Lansdowne FC wish to convey their deepest sympathies to Jack’s wife, Sally, his sons Michael, Geoff, Mark and John, his daughter Gillian, his son/daughters-in-law and his much loved grandchildren.

Jack who would have been 90 years of age in March suffered a stroke two weeks ago, but, regrettably, died last night.

During his long life he was a great sportsman, excelling at rugby, tennis and golf. In Lansdowne, however, we like to think of Jack as our own.

Having joined Lansdowne in the early 1940s,following in the footsteps of his father, Michael (Club President 1928-29), and joining his brother Billy, Jack carried on a family tradition which continues through his own sons, Michael, Geoff, Mark (Club President 2009-10),John and nephew Willy. The tradition carries on into the fourth generation through Jacks grandchildren.

He captained the 1st XV in 1950-51 and was a speedy winger on the Leinster Cup winning teams of 1948-49 and 1949-50. In 1975-76 he was elected President of the Club. Always a great supporter of Lansdowne teams, Jack, in keeping with his unassuming nature, showed no favouritism to the higher levels of the game and could be seen attending any game whether it was the 1st XV or the 3rdDs. Up to two weeks ago, Jack attended most home AIL lunches and games.

Current members and future generations will always be indebted to Jack for the work and support he put in to his beloved Lansdowne over a period of 70+ years.


Funeral arrangements: Reposing in Fanagans Funeral Home, lr Main Street Dundrum, Tuesday 26th, from 4pm to 6pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday in the church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum at 11.30am, followed by cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium. Family Flowers only.


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