The SKAAC community mourns the sudden passing on the weekend of Rachael McGarry, wife of Peter, mother of Adam SKC year 12 and Lauren LHM year 10.
For over 25 years Peter and Rachael McGarry have been at the forefront of our club leadership and stalwarts of every endeavour we have invested and contested; on and especially off the field. Their generosity of spirit, strength of character and grand vision are the foundations and structure of the current club and its success.
Rachael was steadfast in ensuring that the club was a place of great values. She nurtured and protected its family friendly environment; be that at a BBQ track side, private counsel or committee club policies. Yet her pride in the colours always shone brightest when supporting Lauren or her own boys compete.
An exemplar of Rachael and Peter’s influence was they were so often the first to welcome new members and their families to the club and encourage them in their pursuit. Be they future Olympians, first time competitors, nervous parents or just those with a passing interest. Their kindness always extended beyond mere words, it was sincere and instantly connected people with the club and its values.
As such so many members of the club know, love and feel a great sense of gratitude for the selfless efforts of Rachael and Peter. The outpouring of grief, the collective appreciation and respect expressed to the club over the past couple of days upon hearing the tragic news is testament to the esteem in which Rachael was held by our community and the adoration for Peter, Brian, Adam and Lauren.
Our thoughts and prays are with Peter and the family. They have asked that we pass on their appreciation for all the support been shown to them by the SKAAC community and that, while we mourn the loss of our friend, we remember to celebrate the richness of her life and the memories we shared with her.
Requuem Mass for Rachael McGarry will be held on Friday 9th July at St. Ignatius Church in Richmond.
Followed by a wake at St.Kevins, Glendalough, Boyd Egan Hall that afternoon at 3pm.