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It is with deep regret that we advise you of the death of Paddy McIlvenny aged 88. Paddy died peacefully at Oak Lodge Nursing Home Burgess Hill where he was well looked after for the past five years.

Paddy was born into a large family in Belfast in an era where everyone was “self made” in their career.He was a gifted athlete and played with distinction for Brighton & Hove Albion before setting up a family construction business.

At golf Paddy was a household name through out Sussex and beyond and he was gifted with a wonderful swing and timing to go with it. Allied to a graceful and flawless swing he had a wonderful competitive temperament which saw his name on many honours boards at the highest level of amateur golf. 

Paddy was County Captain from 1972 to 1974 and a Vice President of the County.

The loss of his wife Rose was a big blow to Paddy and failing eyesight saw him in his latter golfing years playing 9 holes with his pals Geoff Howells and Gordon Holman.

He was an ever present at the Dyke and a great support to junior golfers such as Carl Watts whom he gave great support to as they set out on their golfing careers.

Paddy never ever spoke about his own golf or his successes but was always there to help others.

For many of our older members the sight of Paddy sitting on the seat above the 7th green made the second shot to the green a lot harder – a nod or a shake of the head,  acclimation or no, and boy did you feel proud if you hit a good one in front of the master!

A poignant footnote for Paddy and his time at the Dyke was when the lockers were changed a few years ago – Paddy’s locker when opened contained his clubs and three bags of birdseed for feeding the pheasants on the 13th……..that was Paddy.

He is survived by his son Patrick, his granddaughter Kerry, who looked after him so well in the home, and Kerry’s own daughter Clementina aged 6. 

In considering an eminent tribute to Paddy sadly the only person who could have done so with the distinction called for had predeceased him, John Vinicombe.

The Funeral Mass will take place at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Norton Road Hove at 12 noon on Thursday 21st March 2013.

The private burial will follow at Hove Cemetery for members of the Family.

At 2.15 pm onwards there will be a wake at the Dyke Golf Club for all family and friends.

Donations to a chosen Charity details will be advised later.



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