MR.WILLIAM (LIAM) SMITH R.I.P.

Mr. William (Liam) Smith R.I.P. past President of Navan Rotary Club 2000-2001

It is with deep regret that we report the death of our dear friend and colleague William (Liam) Smith, late of Mitchell’s Cross, Tankardstown, Navan, who died on 5th January 2017. Liam was Meath County Librarian from 1974 until 1999.

Liam was President of the Navan Rotary Club for 2000-2001 and first joined the Rotary Club in 1986 and served at officer level in a number of different chairs. Liam was quiet and reserved but very generous; he loved and supported his various causes deeply. He lived to serve others - his family, his church, and his community. He devoted his heart, his life and his love to being a husband, a father, a grandfather.

A native of Tankardstown, Navan, he had a lifetime interest in local history and actively supported local historians through provision of access to library collections and facilities.

He was president of the Library Association of Ireland from 1982 to 1984, and then honorary secretary until 1988.

The only child of William and Margaret Smith, William was educated at Kells CBS and UCD, where he graduated with a Diploma in Library Training in 1962. His professional career started with Meath County Library and he then served as assistant librarian with Longford-Westmeath joint Libraries from 1964 to 1968 and then as County Librarian with Mayo County Council from 1968 to 1974.

In his younger years, Liam was a very keen sportsman and played football for Martry and hurling for Wilkinstown.

Liam was a long standing member of the Knights of St. Columbanus and he held various offices on its Navan Council including secretary, treasurer and Grand Knight. We send our sincere condolences to his wife Kathleen, son David, daughters Carol, Katherine and Helen and all his immediate family and large circle of friends. The funeral took place from the Church of Christ the King, Cortown, to Cortown Cemetry.

Story by: Rowe

 



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