Wicklow Swimming Club honors honorary member and Glen Bay Relay sponsor Johnny Flood

TRIBUTES were paid to a stalwart of the Wicklow Swimming Club and the town of Wicklow, Johnny Flood, who died peacefully at the age of 97 on Saturday surrounded by his loving family.

ohnny was originally from Ringsend in Dublin but moved to Wicklow town decades ago and was the beloved husband of the late Cora.

He was well known in the local business community and was a master tailor who started the still thriving John Floods Menswear business.

Johnny was an honorary member of the Wicklow Swimming Club and has sponsored the Glen Bay Relay since its inception some 50 years ago. The race was supposed to take place this weekend but was postponed out of respect.

Ross Beacom, Chairman of Wicklow Swimming Club, said: “Johnny was a much loved and valued member of the club and he will be greatly missed. He was a real character and people were looking forward to him coming to the races.

“The Glen Bay is a very special day, in the sense that it’s our only relay and it’s a real family day.

“Johnny used to start the relay from Glen Bay and it was great to have him there to start the relay last year when he was 96. He was also the father and grandfather of some of our most successful swimmers. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. »

Johnny was a much loved father to Maureen, Brendan, Joan and Damien and was grandfather to 18 grandchildren and great godfather to 10 great grandchildren, and will be sadly missed by his stepdaughters Christine, Mary and Jill and his sons-in-law. Law Michael and Gary, extended family and a large circle of friends. He is predeceased by his wife Cora and his sons Séan and Billy.

His funeral service was held at St Patrick’s Church in Wicklow town on Monday, followed by his interment in Rathnew Cemetery.