Tributes have been paid to well-known Boyle businessman, Fred Perry (84), who lost his life when the car he was driving left the road and struck a wall on the old Carrick road in Boyle at around 10 am last Saturday morning.
Originally from Bunclody, Co. Wexford, Mr. Perry moved to the west of Ireland in the early 1950s and settled in Boyle, where he opened a supermarket.
Mr. Perry became a well-known figure in the town and in local and national golfing circles due to his involvement with Boyle Golf Club and the Golfing Union of Ireland of which he had been a member of the Central Council since 1974.
Boyle Golf Club paid tribute to Mr. Perry earlier this week:
“It is with great sadness that we learned this week of the sudden passing of Fred Perry. Fred was a former Captain and President of Boyle Golf Club, and at the time of his death had almost half a century of unbroken service with the Golfing Union of Ireland, including having served as President of the Union in 1982, a huge honour for both Fred and Boyle Golf Club. He remains the only member of the club to have served in this capacity.
“Fred served the GUI in several roles over the decades and was involved as referee when Rory McIlroy became the youngest ever winner of the Irish Close Championship in Westport in 2005. Fred was awarded lifetime honorary membership of Boyle Golf Club several years ago in recognition of his contribution to the game both here in Boyle and at national level.
“Fred’s work ethic and desire to promote the game remained as strong as ever and despite being in his 85th year he remained active in the GUI and was due to chair a meeting of their constitutional review committee this week. Deepest sympathies are extended to Fred’s family and many friends”.