Mayor pays glowing tribute to Archdeacon and his wife
RETIREMENT COMMUMITY SAYS ‘THANK YOU’ TO MUCH-LOVED COUPLE
THE MUCH-LOVED Archdeacon Swann and his wife Gladys were the subject of a glowing tribute by Mayor of Greystones George Jones at Archdeacon Swann’s final service in the community last Saturday morning.
Archdeacon Swann retired at the end of 2008 as the Church of Ireland Rector in St.Patrick’s after 35 years. Cllr. Jones took the opportunity to say ‘thank you,’ to him and his wife for their work in the community throughout those years.
‘Both Edgar and Gladys have been a great help to the whole community of Greystones and have indeed helped to bring all the community together,’ said Cllr. Jones before wishing them well in their retirement and many more happy years living Greystones.
Archdeadon Swann was born in 1942 in Belfast and was educated in Grosvenor High School, Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. He was ordained a Deacon in 1968 and a preist the following year.
His career brought him to Crumlin, Howth and finally Greystones where he has remained. In 1969 he married Gladys Harman and they have two children and two grandchildren.
He has taken on many roles during his ministry, including lecturer in the Church of Ireland College of Education, as a member of the Diocesan Board of Education and the General Synod Board of Education as well as Chairman of the Diocesan Committee for Church Music. In 1990 he was made a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral and in 1993, he became Archdeacon of Glendalough.
‘I’ve had a wonderful time as Rector of Greystones and as Archdeacon of Glendalough,’ said Archdeacon Swann. ‘ I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my ministry here.
‘I’d like to express my thanks to the people here for all their kind- ness down through the years and assure them that they will remain in my prayers.’
Archdeacon Swann and his wife will continue to live in Greystones.
Mayor George Jones makes a presentation to Gladys and Archdeacon Edgar Swann for their 35 years service to Greystones. From left: Gladys and Edgar Swann, Cllr. George Jones and Derek Greenlee (Sec, to the Select Vestry).