Ray Carroll, class '44
The Union was saddened to hear of the passing of Ray Carroll, class of 1944, and would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to his son Ray Jnr. class '82, daughters Elizabeth, Geraldine and Rhona and to the wider Carroll family.
The death has occurred of Ray CARROLL
Carroll, Ray (Blackrock, Co. Dublin) 6th January 2015, (following a sudden illness) at the Blackrock Clinic; devoted husband to the late Lily. A great loss to his beloved children Elizabeth, Geraldine, Raymond and Rhona. Very sadly missed by his sons-in-law Declan, Paul and Colum, daughter-in-law Róisín and John. He was such a proud grandfather of Michèle, Paul, Laura, Claire, Peter, Patrick, Niall, James, Charlie and John Paul. Remembered by his many friends and also by his ever faithful Lucky. Sincere thanks to the wonderful staff of the Nightingale Ward, Blackrock Clinic.
Removal this Thursday morning to Church of the Assumption, Booterstown Avenue arriving for 10am. Funeral Mass and afterwards to Mount Jerome Crematorium. Family flowers only please
Date Published: Tuesday 6th January 2015
Ray came to us in 1938 along with his brother Patrick (class '42) and played a huge role in establishing Knock as a rugby powerhouse of that time, culminating in captaincy of the winning 1943/44 SCT. That talent remained evident after school where he captained Lansdowne RFC to the Leinster title in a team that included many fellow past men including Eddie Connellan, Conor Crowley, Frank Johnston, Leo Lynch, Alphie Devaney, James (Fitz) Morris & Willie O'Neill, whilst the University College opposition also featured Peter McCabe and Don Dunne. It was no surprise then to any when Irish representative caps followed. When eventually the rugby boots were hung up, sporting accolades continued uninterrupted, especially so in Golf, including two winning appearances, 1950 and 1962 for his old alma mater in the Irish Schools Past Pupils Golf Shield.
Ray's contribution to the College was not restricted to sport, for he proved to be a most loyal past man who supported the College and Union unstintingly, including acting as Union secretary for 10 years to 1964 and then President in 1968 and Vice Chairman of the College's first Board of Governors. He was in good company here for the class of '44 went on to supply no fewer than seven Presidents of the Union - Ray Carroll in '68, Frank Winston '72, John Cooney '74, Harry Barniville '75, Joseph Downes '82, Niall Crowley '83 & Tony Farrell in '93 - all of whom were instrumental in driving various fund raising campaigns, most notably that which financed the build of the new junior school, opened in 1969 by their fellow class man, Paddy O'Donoghue, then President of the College.
Ray will be sorely missed by all within the Vincentian community.
Requiescat in Pace.