It is with great regret that Active Retirement Ireland has learned of the death of Patrick Stanley, former National Secretary and member of the Board and National Executive of Active Retirement Ireland.
A native of Blackrock, County Dublin, Paddy served his country in the 6th Field Military Police Company (FCA) and his community in the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. He was a proud member of Dún Laoghaire Active Retirement Association and took great pleasure and pride in teaching Bridge for beginners.
As a member of the National Executive of what was then the Federation of Active Retirement Associations, Paddy was instrumental in securing support from Atlantic Philanthropies and overseeing the professionalisation of Active Retirement Ireland, and its growth and development into the largest community-based organisation for older people in Ireland.
Paddy was also a proud member of the Irish Senior Citizens’ Parliament and a tireless advocate for older people and retired workers. He is survived and deeply missed by his loving wife Joan, daughters, sons, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, eighteen adored grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.
His role in making Ireland a better place in which to grow old will never be forgotten. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis agus leaba i measc na naomh dó. Suaimhneas síoraí.