Belfast Telegraph

Tributes to long-serving Dungannon Golf Club member following death at age of 97

‘True gentleman’: Tom Dickson
‘True gentleman’: Tom Dickson
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

A Co Tyrone man thought to have been the longest-serving member of any golf club in Ireland has died.

Tom Dickson (97), who featured in the Belfast Telegraph last month, passed away on Wednesday.

He was granted honorary life membership of Dungannon Golf Club after an association spanning more than 90 years.

Boyd Hunter, the honorary secretary of the Co Tyrone club, led tributes.

He said: "It was with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of our esteemed member, Mr Tom Dickson.

"Having joined the club in the 1920s, Tom was the longest serving member of Dungannon Golf Club and most probably any club in Ireland.

"Having served as captain in 1959, as president from 1979 until 1983 and also the centenary year of 1990, and as trustee for over 40 years, he worked tirelessly and was a tremendous ambassador for the club.

"He was one of life's true gentlemen."

Mr Dickson's funeral service will be held on Tuesday in Dungannon Presbyterian Church.

Mr Dickson was captain of Dungannon's Towns Cup team when a young Darren Clarke - who he was "convinced" would be a champion one day - emerged. He served as captain in 1959 and as president from 1979 until 1983, and also in the centenary year of 1990.

The Dickson family has held the position of president or lady president for more than 40 of Dungannon Golf Club's 129 years in existence.

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