Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region

Jack Pendergast by midatlanticcce
August 8, 2009, 11:52 am
Filed under: General Announcement, Province

Sad news from Paul Keating:

With great sadness I must inform you that Comhaltas lost one of its North American legends today with the passing of Jack Pendergast early Thursday morning.  As many of you know he waged a long and valiant battle with cancer in recent years.  Fittingly the issue of Treoir that is being processed now for mailing contains a wonderful tribute from his longtime friend and colleague, Bill McEvoy extolling the various roles and contributions that Jack Pendergast made to CCE from his earliest days in the Craobh Dugan Branch in upstate New York to helping pilot the Northeast Region and building a structure that led to the North American Province under Provincial Chair Bill McEvoy. As the Province grew in strength under Chairs Hugh Smith and Frank Kennedy, Jack provided steady leadership, commitment, teamwork and encouragement that made progress a certainty for CCE North America until 2004 when he was ready to step aside after setting a solid example of administration for all of us to follow.   Not only was he the key right-hand administrator for all the Provincial,Regional and Branch officers as Provincial Secretary but he was a very effective and well-respected voice for CCE NA in Ireland as a long-time delegate to the Ardhchomhairle where he is remembered fondly throughout Ireland for his service to Comhaltas.

At this time there are no plans for a memorial service for Jack according to Bill McEvoy and Larry Reynolds but eventually there will be a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington D.C.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his devoted wife Vickie and family and your notes, mass cards and communications can be send to:

Vickie Pendergast
14 N.E. Isles Drive Apt. A
North East, MD 21901-3100


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