The community of Ardara is mourning the passing of Gerard Slowey, who was remembered as a kind and generous family man who was very involved in his community.
Social media was flooded with tributes to Mr. Slowey following news of his sudden passing at his home in Tullycleave on the weekend. He was 59.
"He was a very kind person,” an emotional Stephen McCahill said. “We all miss him terribly in Ardara.
”He was the nicest person I’ve ever known – a great friend, a great personality,” Mr. McCahill said. “He gave of himself so freely to everybody.” He said Mr. Slowey was involved in most things in Ardara, calling him, “a larger than life character”.
Mr. Slowey, an architect, was also a loyal supporter of CLG Ard an Ratha and designed the club’s state-of-the-art clubhouse, which was opened last year.
“He gave a lot of his time willingly in helping us with the new building,” Mary Kelly, CLG Ard an Ratha secretary and secretary to Mr. Slowey at Slowey Architectural Design Services, said.
Mr. Slowey was in the cast of the production of “Widow’s Paradise” that was to be staged next month as a GAA fundraiser, and took part in dress rehearsals last Thursday. He had starred in numerous local productions over the years.
”He was very witty and always sought after for parts and plays,” Ms. Kelly said, saying Mr. Slowey had great charisma.
Ms. Kelly, who with Alan Breslin worked in Mr. Slowey’s Ardara offices, said Mr. Slowey was “a very good and considerate boss to work for down through the years”.
Since the death of his wife, Margaret, in 2009, Mr. Slowey had also run a barbecue each August to raise money for cancer charities. ”He was a very generous man,” Ms. Kelly said.
Mr. Slowey is survived by his children, Aine, Mairead and Anthony; by his brothers, Cllr. Terence Slowey, Donegal County Council cathaoirleach, and Laurence; by his sister, Marian; and by extended family. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret, and brother Pat.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.