Mayor pays glow­ing trib­ute to Archdea­con and his wife

RE­TIRE­MENT COM­MU­MITY SAYS ‘THANK YOU’ TO MUCH-LOVED COU­PLE

Bray People - - About Greystones -

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).

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