Buccaneers RFC paid tribute to former ladies committee member, Hazel Reid, who passed away peacefully at her residence on Sunday.
In a statement issued by Buccaneers, it was duly noted that Hazel was a stalwart on the rugby club’s ladies committee for many decades with the Reid family having a lifetime association with Athlone RFC initially and currently Buccaneers RFC.
The former club was located virtually on her Fernhill doorstep and her late husband Christy was President of the club in season 1985/86.
The family link continues with sons Austin and Eoin both involved having played in the club’s colours for many seasons with the former also being honoured as club president.
Meanwhile, Eoin’s son Corey is a current member of Buccaneers senior squad and has represented Ireland at various levels including U20. Daughters, Aisling and Syra, continue Hazel’s generous tradition of voluntary service on the club’s ladies committee.
A gracious and personable lady, Hazel was a highly capable driving force in building up Fernhill Garden Centre from very humble beginnings to the hugely impressive facility that now stands there.
A proud Athlonian, she had many interests including the annual Daffodil Day charity fundraiser.
Her loss will be greatest of course to her family, and the committee and members of Buccaneers RFC extend our heartfelt sympathy to Austin, Eoin, Aisling and Syra, their spouses and children, and the wider Reid family and friends. May the Lord grant Hazel eternal rest.