Alex Brown - a tribute

THE local communities in Downpatrick and Newcastle were deeply saddened to learn of the recent death in Tralee, Co. Kerry, of Mr. Alex Brown.

For over 30 years, Alex taught in Newcastle College where he earned and commanded the respect of both staff and students; but respect and attention were things Alex extended to all that were privileged to know and work with him. He was a true professional and set about getting things done in a courteous but firm way. He was a kind and humble man with a winning manner and someone who left a deep personal mark on the lives and lifestyles of all those who had the good fortune to know him.

In 1974, he was appointed to the position of vice-principal in the College, where he implemented a hands-on management approach. He was a role model in a simple, no fuss way and was a disciplined person in both thought and action.

Alex possessed a deep passion for nature and, in particular, the mountains. He loved the hills but it was the Mournes that he ‘adopted’ and in which he was most at home. A highly skilled and experienced mountaineer and hillwalker, he volunteered for many years with the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team and willingly turned out in all weathers, day and night, to help provide a much needed service to those in need or difficulty. A true champion of the Mournes, he encouraged everyone to visit and walk in them; never to take them for granted, but to enjoy the scenery and to take care of it.

Always a gentleman, Alex offered encouragement to all and will be remembered not only for his mountaineering and hillwalking skills but for his educational vision and wisdom.

Former colleagues and friends are invited to a ‘Celebration of Life’ for Alex Brown on Thursday, January 5, 2012, at 7pm in the Tollymore Mountain Centre, Newcastle.

If you plan in attending this celebration, please contact any of the following by 30th December 2011: Maree Brennan — 028 4372 4024; Tommy Campbell — 028 437 23161; Roisin Gilgunn — 028 4481 1587; Ivan McIntyre - 028 4372 4302.

Roisin Gilgunn