Jim Dee, far right, with the Waterford players after they defeated Cork in the 2015 National Hurling League Final in Thurles. Photo: INPHO/Cathal Noonan.
The late Jim Dee was adored by the Waterford players according to Dan Shanahan. He was there under Gerald McCarthy, Justin McCarthy, Davy Fitzgerald, Michael Ryan and Derek McGrath.
“What a respected man he was; the players absolutely loved him. I remember on the big days, after winning big games, he would always run onto the field holding his black bag. If that bag could talk!”
Dee and kitman Roger Casey got on like a house on fire and Dan enjoyed many journeys to training with both of them. “I was honoured to travel in the van with Roger and Jim. Roger was on one side smoking a fag and Jim was on the other side smoking a cigar and I was in the middle having the craic! They’re fond memories.”
Chairman Paddy Joe Ryan brought Dee on board after he retired from Waterford Foods in 1999. He was devoted to his role. “He was a stalwart of the GAA in Waterford. He served for fifteen years as secretary of the senior hurling team which is unbelievable. It’s a completely voluntary position but Jim did it with commitment and dedication. It was a very hard job because the manager got onto Jim and he organised training and all the players’ expenses and made sure that everything was ship shape for the county board.”
He was a big character around the Waterford camp. “Jim was a very funny man and the players really loved him. He was a very witty man and a very clever man as well. All the players would have nothing but good to say about Jim Dee and the county board would be the same.”
Dungarvan defender Jamie Nagle was always glad to see his clubman in at county training. “A familiar face is always very important. Any of the Dungarvan lads were always well looked after like any fella from any club. He was always hugely accommodating and you couldn’t ask for better.”
As well as serving as team secretary for the Waterford senior hurling team under five different managers, Jim Dee was a very proud Dungarvan GAA Club man and was a lifelong member as a player, club officer and support. Jim of Fr. Twomey’s Road in Dungarvan is survived by his loving wife Madge, children Dermot, Deirdre, JimBob, Claire and Aisling, grandchildren, extended family and friends.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.