Lives Remembered

Co Tyrone classroom assistant and camóg was 'one of a kind'

Anne Jordan worked at Sperrinview Special School in Dungannon for almost two decades

ANNE Jordan found her vocation in life when she joined the staff of Sperrinview Special School in Dungannon as a classroom assistant.

For the next 19 years, until falling ill mid-way through January, she devoted her energies to the job.

She seldom took a day off and was so dedicated to the school and the children that she gave up two weeks of her holidays each year to help out with the summer scheme.

In a heartfelt tribute, the school said: "For Anne, Sperrinview was not a 9am to 3pm job, it was a way of life.

"She approached every day with enthusiasm, every child with care and compassion and every colleague with respect and dignity.

"Anne Jordan was one of a kind. Her presence in the school is sorely missed, her footsteps echo in our corridors, her dignity reminds us of her example and her memory will always be in our hearts. "

Anne was also well known in camogie circles, playing for her native Eglish in Co Tyrone for more than three decades as well as on county and Ulster teams.

She won many honours, including as many as 27 senior county championships - likely to be a record in the game.

She also had the honour of playing for Tyrone in the 1980 All-Ireland junior final and, although very ill, she travelled back to Croke Park in February this year to watch her two daughters play in the club final.

Small in stature, Anne was tigerish on the field of play but she remained gracious in victory or defeat.

When asked about her success she was always dismissive, saying she didn't know how many medals she had won.

Quiet and private by nature, she shunned the limelight and was content to simply be unnoticed but available.

Her passing has caused widespread shock and sadness - she touched so many lives without even being aware.

Anne was born in Eglish in 1956 and educated at Roan PS and St Patrick's Girls Academy, Dungannon.

Her first job was with the Northern Bank in Cookstown, where she remained for 12 years.

She had married Patsy Jordan from Eglish in 1976 and after taking some time off to raise their four children, she returned to work in the early 1990s as a classroom assistant in local schools and playgroups, joining Sperrinview in 1998.

She was also involved in numerous activities in the community of Eglish - singing in the choir, as a Eucharistic minister, a youth club leader, and a badminton player.

A lady of deep religious faith, she bore her short illness with great dignity and never once complained or questioned ‘why me'.

Anne passed away on March 24 in the Southern Area Hospice and was buried in Eglish after a large funeral. She is survived by her children, six grandchildren, mother Annie Fox and three brothers and three sisters.

Her month's mind Mass will be celebrated in St Patrick's Church, Eglish on Saturday April 22 at 7.30pm.