North Tipperary VEC paid tributes to former chairman Frank Lewis, who died last week.
Mr Lewis, Ballyartella, Ballycommon, a former Labour county councillor for North Tipperary County Council, was described as a “great trade union activist who was big into education”, by Cllr Virginia O’Dowd, Labour. “He had great credibility and great community spirit,” she said.
Labour colleague John Kennedy said Mr Lewis had made “major contributions” to North Tipperary VEC, and pointing to the Lewis tradition oif serving the community recalled that frank’s brother, Ger, also served on the committee.
Cllr Jonathan Meaney, Labour, said Mr Lewis “gave his life to helping other people. He will be missed by the people of Ballycommon.”
“He was a good man,” said Cllr Ger Darcy, who said Mr Lewis had a great love of Lough Derg and was chair of the Save Our Lough Derg committee.
Tom Berkery described Mr Lewis as “being like a father to me” when they served on the VEC together in 1979.
The Lewis family were a “fantastic family, an institution”, said Cllr Seamus Morris. “He was a man of few words, but when he said it, he meant it. He was a genuine man and will be sorely missed.”
Tributes were also paid by Cllr Phyll Bugler, Cllr John “Rocky” McGrath, Cllr Mick Connell and community representative Noreen Kennedy.
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