PASSING AWAY OF IRENE NAZARETH


It is with deep regrets SKA London, Committee Members and all the members heard the news of the passing away of Irene Nazareth on 28 July 2015. Irene had a very diverse life. Born in Mangalore on 11 May 1932 received early and adult education there.  Married Stan Nazareth and came over to England in search of better prospects.  Joined the National Health Service in the sixties and retired in 1997.  One of her fondest memories was her visit to Buckingham Palace. SKAN (SKA London’s Newsletter) published a very fitting article and we are happy to reproduce some excerpts published in June 1997

“Irene Nazareth, SKA President visits Buckingham Palace

This is exactly what Irene Nazareth did on 22nd July 1977.  She went to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen on a Royal Invitation in honour of her 35 years in the National Health Service.  She took Gary her son to the Tuesday’s Royal Garden Party where she received the Queen’s personal congratulations on her retirement from the Hammersmith and Hounslow Health Authority.

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IRENE WITH SON GARY IN FRONT OF THE BUCKINGHAM PALACE GATE ON 22 JULY 1977

Irene’s service career in health service began in 1962 when she went to work for the Middlesex Executive Council in Baker Street.  It was hardly love at first sight.  Irene left the service in just two years. But she rejoined in 1965 only to leave again in less than 12 months to have her son.  Irene returned to work in May 1966 and stayed right up to her retirement in 1997. During her tenure of office Irene saw many changes in the Health Service: The Executive Council changed into the Family Practitioners Committee and then the FHSA and finally becoming the Health Authority

Having worked in the four different locations in her long career in charge of ophthalmic contracts and payments, Irene retired from active service on 31 May 1997”

Apart from being the President of SKA london for many years, Irene took a very active part in community work and joined SKA London in the very early days and spent many years as a committee member and finally became the President. Irene undertook many other charitable activities too such as the voluntary work at the HOSPICE, Harrow, and charitable work for the Sisters of Charity of St Joseph Prashant Nivas, Jeppu, Mangalore by being a Friend of St.Joseph,s Ashram and collecting donations for the Ashram.

IRENE AND COMMITTEE

IRENE NAZARETH PRESIDENT OF SKA LONDON  IN 1998 - SEATED LEFT WITH OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS 

Irene and Stan celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a big luncheon and get together and a large number of invitees. Regretfully Stan passed away on 14 May 2010 and Irene was left mourning until her last. 

Irene’s funeral took place on 4 August 2015 at St Gabriel’s Church, Northolt with a Mass followed by cremation service at Breakspears Creamatorium, Ruislip. A reception was held at the British Legion, Northolt. Flowers including roses and chrysanthmums artistically shaped to form letters SKA was SKA’s parting tribute to Irene.

IRENE FLOWRS1

(Friends and relatives who wish to add to this eulogy please do so in the WRITE YOUR COMMENTS  ON THIS ARTICLE at the end of this article –The Announcement of Irene’s passing away also appears in the OBITUARY column of this website- Editor.)


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