Gerry Celebrating 50years with his fellow Sea Scouts at 9th Port of Dublin (Malahide)
Fellow Scouts , it is with great sadness to inform you our brother scout Gerry Hickey has passed away peacefully in the care of his family. A husband, a father and soon to be a grandfather and to us a lifelong scouting friend.
Joining Malahide Sea Scouts as a youth member back in 1971 we had a great opportunity 12 months ago to celebrate the occasion of his 50th year with Malahide Sea Scouts.
Our memories go back to the time he joined as a scout. His enthusiasm from the time he first walked into the scout meeting would shape his later life to become an Officer Mariner spending several years at Sea. To us he lived the scout promise making a commitment to do ones best. That often spilled over in to volunteering to do everything but more important to help his fellow scouts in no matter way he could.
If there was a hike, camp, boating, or our church Harvest Festival parade to be attended, Gerry’s hand always went up first. Fondly remembering travelling on our Sunday hikes on the first 42 bus from the village. Scouts always took up the front seats on the upper deck peering out and scanning who’s at the next bus stop. When we reached Kinsealy a roar with go up, it’s “Hickey” and would be followed by a roaring welcome as he made his way up the stairwell.
He had a wicked sense of humour often captured by his extraordinary love for photography. An archive that will stand the test of time as captured his time in scouting and his friends.
Only last November we pulled off a surprise by inviting Gerry down to his beloved Friday Night troop to acknowledge and thank him for the time he spent in Scouting.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife Anna , son Daire and their extended family.
May He Rest in Peace