Buccaneers Rugby Football Club is mourning the untimely passing of Owen Stuart-Trainor, who was club president in season 1991/92.

A native of Ballingarry, Co. Limerick, Owen had been involved in rugby for many decades, since school days at Mungret College. He played as hooker with Bohemian and Blackrock College, and was involved in the early days of Clondalkin RFC. Married to Galwegian Marla, he became involved with the Athlone club following his appointment as manager of the local branch of AIB.

Owen held many administration and coaching roles at Buccaneers including Chairman of Football and he was honoured to be elected Club President in 1991/92. His family have also been deeply involved in the club with Marla volunteering on our Ladies Committee while Lorna, current Junior-Vice President, was a driving force in starting Womens rugby at Buccaneers. Son Tom, perhaps better known for his All-Ireland winning exploits with Westmeath, played rugby here right up to AIL level.

Owen was interested in many other sports, especially golf and gaelic (where he took immense pride in Limerick’s current successes on the hurling fields). He was fond of a game of 25 and was an active member of Rotary Athlone.

Heartfelt sympathy is extended to his wife Marla, son Tom, and daughters Lorna, Elizabeth and Karan, and wider family and friends on their great loss.

May Owen rest in eternal peace.

Funeral arrangements are on www.rip.ie

A Guard of Honour by club officers and members was held at Owen’s requiem mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace church, Coosan, on Tuesday.