Mr. Anthony Rowntree R.I.P.

Mr. Anthony Rowntree R.I.P. Past President and Founder Member of Navan Rotary Club 1990-1991

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Mr Anthony (Tony) Rowntree, late of Kilcarn Heights and Beechmount Gardens, Navan, who died on 3rd February 2005, just months away from his 70th birthday.

A familiar face around Navan, he is remembered as the man with the walking stick, flat cap and goatee.

Deceased was the last in his line and the great grandson of Joseph Rowntree whose trust The Joseph Rowntree Trust funds many charity and research projects throughout the British Isles.

He was grandson of Seebhom Rowntree whose reports on poverty helped influence the policies of the post-war Labour Government in England. Most importantly, he was one in a long line of Quaker philanthropists aided through the family cocoa business Rowntree Mackintosh and their good will is evident in his home town of York to this day.

Mr Rowntree came to settle in Ireland after a youth spent travelling around the world with the RAF with whom he learned his profession as an engineer.

Anne Fitzpatrick came into his life in the early 1960s. They started family life in Dublin, where deceased worked for Unidare, Irish Carton Printers and GEC. In 1973 they moved to Navan.

Tony and Anne Rowntree were a familiar couple behind the counter in the former Fitzpatrick’s newsagents, Trimgate Street where they worked side by side until the business was sold in 1990.

During his time in Navan, deceased volunteered in many projects, most notably the Navan Exhibition Centre, Chamber of Commerce and the North East Rabbit Breeders Association to name but a few, but his main involvement and passion was for Rotary.

Tony was a founder member of the Navan Rotary Club and first joined in 1979. Since then he served in almost every capacity including President, (1990-1991). Tony was awarded a Paul Harris in 1994 for services to the community and in recognition of his voluntary and charitable work.

Above all else, Mr Rowntree was a loving husband to his wife and father to his three girls, Gillian Teehan, Dublin, Nicci Carroll, Westport and Spain and Lisa Rowntree, Longwood, by all of whom he is survived.

He is also survived by his sons-in-law, Pat, Gerry, and Brian Cloak, to all of whom he was a great friend. He showed great patience and much love to his grandchildren, Sarah, Aisling, Cormac, David, Calum, Emma and Isabel. He was predeceased by his brothers, Timothy, York and Nicholas, Dublin and is survived by his brothers, Felix Blennerhassett, Dublin and Sally Tierney, Dublin, sister, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The church service held over two days was a celebration of his life and his family took great support from the tremendous turnout and tribute paid to him.

Story by: Rowe


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