GAA chairman who was equally happy working at grassroots level
Ulster has lost one of its best-known GAA personalities following the death of former Armagh county board chairman Joe Jordan at the weekend.
The Middletown man, who had been ill for some time, was a tremendous servant to his local club, county and province and had been closely identified with numerous initiatives launched by the Association.
A former Ulsterbus inspector, Joe was a familiar figure throughout the province and, as well as having been closely involved with the GAA, he was also active on behalf of the community.
He served as Armagh chairman from 2002 until 2006. And only a matter of months after taking up office, he had the unique distinction of becoming the only holder of that office to preside over an All-Ireland senior football championship title triumph.
He found immense enjoyment, too, in Armagh's 2004 National League triumph, as well as their All-Ireland Under-21 title success in the same year.
He subsequently served as a county board delegate to the Ulster Council and also undertook the role of Armagh public relations officer.
While he was closely identified with progress in both Armagh and Ulster, he derived great satisfaction from his involvement with the Eoghan Rua football and the Na Fianna hurling teams in Middletown.
He may have been the holder of high office, but no task was too menial for the enthusiastic Joe, who did everything from selling raffle tickets to looking after the pitch.
The outstanding service he rendered to Middletown and Armagh in particular saw him win a host of friends, yet he was still able to move comfortably through the corridors of power at Croke Park where his affable manner and unrelenting commitment won him many admirers.
In all, he spent over half-a-century serving the GAA in various roles, earning himself the reputation of being the ultimate volunteer.
He gave freely of his time, too, to his Church and was an active parish worker.
He was also a noted historian and a driving force behind the Middletown and Tynan Historical Society.
Joe is survived by his wife Sadie, a son and three daughters and his funeral Mass will take place in St John's Church, Middletown tomorrow, followed by burial at Tynan.