St. John Ambulance mourns passing of ‘Uncle’ Noel Brady, SBStJ

Date Published : October 22nd, 2016    Published By : admin

Commissioner: ‘Noel achieved all he did for St John with the steadfast support of his late wife Maura and his two children, Frank and Colette’.

The Commissioner, Officers and Volunteers of St. John Ambulance service are mourning the death of one of their longest serving members following the passing yesterday of Noel Brady at St. James Hospital in Dublin.

Noel Brady had been a loyal and dedicated serving member of the organisation since he joined St. John Ambulance in 1939, from which throughout his service with the voluntary body, Mr. Brady was noted as being a prodigious ‘public duty man’ and a ferociously competitive ‘competitions man’, with a huge amount of success to his name was regarded by many as a person of immense achievement across all aspects of the organisation.

Photo: the late Noel Brady, SBStJ - R.I.P.
Pic: Courtesy St John Ambulance Ireland

John Hughes, Commissioner of St. John Ambulance said ‘It is with a sense of great personal sadness that I wish to confirm the passing away of our esteemed colleague, friend and mentor Noel Brady SBStJ, RIP; Staff Officer and Member of St John Ambulance Ireland since 1939. Noel has been a loyal and dedicated servant to his community through his Membership of St John Ambulance Ireland for close to 80 years’.

Pic: St. John Ambulance City of Dublin

It was in Noel’s honour that St. John Ambulance Ireland inaugurated a 75 years’ service medal when Noel reached that milestone a few short years ago. Commissioner Hughes said ‘Noel, affectionately known to many as ‘uncle Noel’, was for many years a member of City of Dublin Division of St John. He rose to become its Superintendent, before he was eventually persuaded to accept promotion to National Headquarters staff. In that context, we may have taken Noel out of City of Dublin Division, but we never really took City of Dublin out of Noel’.

‘Noel always sought to mentor and encourage the new members and younger Cadet Members and always sought to represent the interests of the rank and file members in his, very respectful, communications with a succession of Commissioners. His work within and on behalf of St John Ambulance Ireland was further recognised when Noel was invested as a Serving Brother of the Order of St John.


Commissioner Hughes told that Noel is probably the last member of St John Ambulance Ireland who had memories of our founding Commissioner, Sir John Lumsden. ‘In the few short words here, I cannot do justice to Noel’s achievements but there were many. Noel will be celebrated and fondly remembered by us all in St John in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.


‘Noel achieved all he did for St John with the steadfast support of his late wife Maura and his two children, Frank and Colette. For all the time and service he gave us, Noel still put family first and we remember Maura in particular at this time, as they are reunited in God’s presence. We offer our heart-felt condolences to Noel’s son Frank, daughter Colette and their respective families at this sad time.

In a statement on behalf of St John Ambulance, the Commissioner concluded, ‘Noel was the epitome of a man of his generation; generous to a fault with his time and energy, but carrying his immense achievements so very lightly’


Funeral Arrangements
Reposing at the Brian McElroy Funeral Home, Crumlin Village on Monday 24th October from 9am to 7.30pm. Funeral on Tuesday after 11.30am Mass in St. Agnes' Church, Crumlin Village to Mt. Jerome Crematorium. No flowers by request. Donations in lieu to St. John Ambulance. House private please.

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