Tributes pour in for 'club legend' who was the 'heart and soul' of Liverpool community

Philip Fitzpatrick
-Credit: (Image: Iain Watts/Liverpool Echo)

Tributes have poured in after Liverpool Irish Centre legend Phil Fitzpatrick died this week.

The 93-year-old, who died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday evening, dedicated his life to the Liverpool Irish Centre, with emotional tributes pouring in following his death. Niall Gibney, manager of the Liverpool Irish Centre, paid a tribute to Phil.

He told the ECHO: "He was just something else, he was respected and loved by everyone. He was the heart and soul of the centre. No matter what, you would get a smile from Phil. I don't know what we'll do without him to be honest. It's like we've all lost a family member.

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"He was always here, no matter what was going on. He came to everything we did here. He was the centre of the place and is an irreplaceable human being.

"Everyone here is feeling the impact right now and we'll all have to come together. We will never be able to replace him, it's not about me, it's about the Irish Centre and the community, and what they have lost. Not many people have such a big impact on a community like Phil did, if people had even 10% of the effect Phil had, they would live a full life."

The Irish Centre paid tribute to the former member, with people taking to social media to share their memories. In a tribute posted online by the centre, it said: "It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of club legend, Phil Fitzpatrick, aged 93.

Phil and his friend, Patrick, enjoy St Patrick's Day lunch at Liverpool Irish Centre
Phil and his friend, Patrick, enjoy St Patrick's Day lunch at Liverpool Irish Centre -Credit:Iain Watts/Liverpool Echo

"He passed away peacefully in hospital yesterday evening with his family by his side. Words can not describe what he meant to this community, he was more than a member, he embodied everything we stand for and he was respected by all.

"Everyone involved with Liverpool Irish Centre will miss him greatly and he will never be forgotten. We wish deepest sympathy to all of his loving family and we are truly honoured to have known such a great man.

"We love you Phil. Up Cavan! Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam." (At the right hand of God was his soul).

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Liverpool ECHO journalist Dan Haygarth wrote on X: "This is so sad. Was a honour to chat with Phil when I was at the Irish Centre. A real character who was adored there." Des wrote: "What a lovely man he was. Condolences to his family and all his friends at the LIC.

"Had the pleasure of walking with him on Paddy's Day a couple of times, and he even handed over the St Patrick's banner to me at the front of the parade in 2022. RIP."

Susan Dickinson wrote: "How very sad such a lovely man. My thoughts and prayers go to all his family . May he rest in peace xx."

Sheila Coleman posted: "Saddened by the death of one of my favourite people, Phil Fitzpatrick. So many good memories of him and Bridie in the old Irish Centre. A truly beautiful man. Back with his Bridie now. RIP"

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