Mr. Bill Lyons R.I.P.

Mr. Bill Lyons R.I.P. past President and Founder Member of Navan Rotary Club 1981-1982

The death has occurred of Peter James (Bill) LYONS M.R.C.V.S of Boyne Road, Navan, Meath

We are sad to learn of the death on Saturday October 1st 2011 of our dear friend and colleague Bill Lyons, one of the most eminent members of the veterinary profession in Ireland. Christened Peter James Lyons, but known to all as Bill, he was aged 85. Bill was President of the Navan Rotary Club in 1981-1882.

Deceased led a busy life and he maintained many interests outside his professional career. He was a founding member and former president of the Rotary Club in Navan for which he was honoured, and for 58 years he was a member of the Knights of Columbanus.

Above all else, Mr Lyons was a family man and he was supported throughout his long life by his wife Pauline, with whom he enjoyed some 55 years of marriage.

He was proud of his children Susan, Peter, Anne and Paul and his grandchildren Fiona and Maureen and he was much loved by his siblings and their extended families.

Having qualified as a veterinary surgeon, Mr Lyons went to work in Cirencester in Gloucestershire before coming back to Ireland to join his father's veterinary practice in Navan.

His client list represented some of the leading breeders and trainers and he was Fred Winter's veterinary surgeon in Ireland. He was twice president of the Irish Veterinary Association, and worked on on the veterinary panels at both Ballsbridge Sales and Goffs.

His late sister Molly was married to jockey Pat Taaffe and the two men formed a close friendship and Mr Lyons travelled a great deal with the late Mr Taaffe, enjoying many of the greatest triumphs with Arkle. For many years, he travelled by car to Cheltenham with three fellow practitioners, Jim Tyrrell (Portlaoise), Derry Kelly (Galway) and Des O'Neill (Oldcastle).

In 2004 he celebrated his 50th consecutive Cheltenham trip in the company of family and friends, an occasion the group marked, much to deceased's delight. He was especially proud to have been present the following year when his nephew Tom Taaffe's Kicking King won the Gold Cup.

The Meath Louth West-meath Region Of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders, Association presented him with an award in 2005, while in April this year President McAleese presented him with a medal, as one of the equine veterinary surgeons who was over 50 years qualified.

Bill Lyons was an absolute gentleman, impeccably well mannered, considerate, kind and warm. He was a man well respected in every aspect if his life and he will be missed by many, but none more so than his family to whom he was devoted.

Mr Lyons is survived by his wife, sons and daughters; brother James; sister Olive; son-in-law Philippe; grand-daughters Fiona and Maureen and Paul's girlfriend Jacqui; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews and a large circle of friends.

A Requiem Mass took place in St Mary's Church, Navan. Mr Lyons' body has been bequeathed to medical science.

Story by: Rowe


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