CANCER CAMPAIGNER GEORGE FRIEL – A TRIBUTE

first_imgThe late George Friel RIP.The members of Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW) wish to pay tribute to our highly esteemed colleague and dear friend George Friel, who died peacefully in the company of his beloved family at home in Buncrana on Saturday 28 November 2015.George dedicated the last ten plus years campaigning vigorously for the retention and development of cancer services in Letterkenny General/University Hospital and for the provision of Radiotherapy Services for cancer patients in Donegal and the North West Region. He was very successful in his endeavours.All in CCC(NW) recognised in George the qualities of a true Gentle-Man. We all knew that once George said he was going to do a certain thing, it was as good as done. His word was his bond. He was a true and loyal friend. A man who demonstrated a great sense of fun, compassion and kindness. George was a man who, when he learnt that a person was in difficulty offered to help as best he could. He was selfless. He was not a man to knowingly walk away from a person in need. He was a man of great integrity. One of CCC(NW)’s top priorities was to lobby on both sides of the Border to ensure that the possibility of a radiotherapy unit in the North West Region became a reality. George lobbied the length and breadth of this island, he lobbied in Leinster House and Stormont Castle, in Council Chambers, on the streets of Dublin, Derry and Letterkenny, he lobbied politicians and health officials from both sides of the border and he brought our campaign into the homes of every town and townland in Donegal.His message and that of every CCC(NW) member was simple and easy to understand. The people of Donegal and the North West Region need a radiotherapy unit in either Letterkenny General or Altnagelvin Hospital to treat cancer patients locally and we need to work together, speaking with one united voice to achieve this goal.George continued to work/lobby throughout his illness including travelling to Dublin to attend meetings. His last meeting was in October last, in Altnagelvin Hospital where he discussed progress/developments on the Cross Border Radiotherapy Unit due to open next autumn. George was passionate regarding the necessity of locating this facility in the NorthWest Region to serve cancer patients in Donegal/NW.George was also a founding member of Donegal Action for Cancer which was initially established in Moville in March 2005 and he served on its Executive County Committee. He resigned from DACC in early 2007 and joined fellow past DACC members to establish Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest in March 2007. Members of CCC(NW) offer our sincere condolences to our highly esteemed members, George’s wife Margaret and his brother John and to George’s children, grandchildren, his brother and sisters and extended family circle. The family of CCC(NW) feels that it too has lost a brother. May George rest in peace.CANCER CAMPAIGNER GEORGE FRIEL – A TRIBUTE was last modified: December 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cancer campaignerdonegalGeorge Friellast_img