ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Leo Dawson of Newbridge, County Kildare and late of Kilrush, County Clare, on 11th November 2017, peacefully, at Naas Hospital. Beloved husband of Frances. Sadly missed by his loving wife, children Áine, Jim and Michael, brother Seamus (Jim), sisters Assumpta, Patricia, Enda, Sr. Clare C.P., grandchildren Maebh, Ciara, Jim, Leo, Ben and Amy, daughters-in-law Mary and Avril, son-in-law Finn, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
May he Rest in Peace
Leo was a member of 21 Cadet Class (1948–1950); he was commissioned in May 1950 and appointed to 1 Armoured Car Squadron. He was Director of Cavalry from 1983 to 1984 and retired as Deputy Adjutant General in 1988. Leo served overseas with the Armoured Car Groups of 36 and 37 Infantry Battalions in the Congo, in Cyprus with 41 Infantry Battalion and 11 Infantry Group, and was Military Assistant to the Force Commander, UNIFIL, in 1984–1985. Leo’s brother, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Dawson, served with the Artillery Corps and his two sons followed his footsteps into the Defence Forces; Lieutenant Colonel James Dawson (Retd) (52 Cadet Class) served in the Transport Corps and Colonel Michael Dawson (57 Cadet Class) is Commandant of the Military College.
Reposing at Anderson & Leahy’s Funeral Home, Newbridge on Monday from 1500 hours with Removal at 1800 hours to arrive at St Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge for 1830. Funeral Mass on Tuesday morning at 1100 with burial afterwards in St Conleth’s Cemetery, Newbridge. House Private Please. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to St. Vincent de Paul, Newbridge.