1. Announcements of recent deaths.
2. A Tribute to Martin Smeaton from Danny Murphy:
3. List of Friends who have died over the past 15 months
Ron Barton died on March 31st. Ron was a Brancardier from 1994 to 2001 and a Life Friend of the Society.
Gillian Blathwayt, Mark's mother, died on March 22nd. "Gillie" worked as a Pilgrimage Handmaid and came in recent years as a Sick Pilgrim.
Joan Williams died on 4th February in University College Hospital at the age of 93. Joan, a parishioner of St. James', Spanish Place, was a Handmaid for over 25 years and a staunch supporter of the Society and its Annual Pilgrimage.
Dr Lucille Mitchell died on 18th June. Lu served the Society as both a pilgrimage doctor as well as handmaid and in latter years came as an assisted pilgrim. We thank her for her devotion to Our Lady and her service to the Society.
1952 - 2009
The one and only Smeats
Smeats died this summer and left a gap that will never be filled. I was with him and his sister the day he was first told the words he had dreaded, but which he knew in his heart would be said.
It is hard to capture the essence of this man in a few paragraphs and I hope to do him justice. I met Smeats in 1979 in
Smeats was someone you couldn’t dislike. He was approachable, warm, very generous and delighted in playing about and having a laugh. In the early days we would go to
When Smeats discovered how ill he was he wanted to be quick off the blocks, saw recovery as inevitable and was hopeful. This hope was to be dashed over the few weeks ahead and, as we know, his time with us was limited. We talked lots over those weeks, got angry about his fate, laughed and reflected on a life well spent and moments which are to painful to put in words. Smeats’ funeral Mass was on 3 September and the
Smeats, old boy, you will remain always in our hearts; to know you was to love you, and I knew you very well.
We commend the souls of the following Society FRIENDS
who died in recent months to our loving Father.
May their souls and those of all the faithful departed through
the mercy of God and the intercession of Our Lady, rest in Peace.