Like all who knew him, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Jack Halliday (91), which occurred last Sunday. The genial Yorkshireman, who with his wife June (and family) made his home in Roscommon Town over many decades, was one of the most popular people in the local community. In particular, he was synonymous with Roscommon Golf Club, where he was a long-time member.
Jack and June arrived in Roscommon town in the early 1960s, with both of them quickly joining the golf club and integrating with the locals.
Career-wise, he was Managing Director of the huge Stainless Steel factory in Roscommon for a period. Over the past few decades he was best known in business terms for running Advanced Couplings in Roscommon town, a business set up by his great friend, the late John Henry.
It was at Roscommon Golf Club that Jack spent most of his leisure time. He was a great conversationalist with so many interesting stories to tell. He served in many roles there over the years, including as Captain, President, and Secretary. Roscommon Golf Club will never be the same again without Jack’s presence.
Earlier this year, I interviewed Jack about his life and times (for RosFM) and was left spellbound by the stories of his time in the Canadian Air Force, as a singer with a big band in the UK, and many other highlights of what was a very full and varied life.
To his wife June, daughter Karen and sons Grant and Gary, and to all the family and friends, I extend my deepest sympathy on their loss.
May he rest in peace.