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Obituary. George Barton, Ballyoulster, Celbridge.

Leinster Leader January 29 1971

Mr. George Barton, Ballyoulster, Celbridge, who died at the County Hospital, Naas, had retired recently as a senior aircraft inspector in the Air Corps after 45 years' service.
Affable and unfailingly helpful to those under his charge, he was acknowledged as one of the most competent aircraft technicians in Ireland. As such he contributed a great deal to the nurturing of the infant Air Corps in 1926, and, indirectly, the growth of Aer Lingus. Many of the early technicians in the latter company benefitted from his tuition in the Air Corps.
Only three weeks ago he was recipient of a presentation at Baldonnel (Casement Aerodrome) to mark his retirement. He was then recuperating from the effects of a road accident. Tributes were paid to him by Col. Patrick T. Swan, O.C. Air Corps and Director Military Aviation, and by Commdt. E. J. MacSweeney, Adjutant and Chief Administrative Officer.
Mr. Barton, who was native of Matlock, Derbyshire, came to the Air Corps Baldonnel, in 1926, with two other technicians from the Rolls Royce Engine Co. to overhaul and service the first Rolls Royce engine in the Irish Air Corps.
The trio accepted an office to become the first Irish Air Corps civilian aircraft Inspectors. Mr. Barton served diligently and with consummate skill up to the time of his recent retirement.
The funeral took place to Esker Cemetery, Lucan, following Service in Christ Church, Celbridge. Mr. Barton is survived by his wife Sadie (née Farrell), Lucan; sons Michael (Aer Lingus) and George (Roadstone Ltd.) and two married daughters.

An obituary for George Barton, Ballyoulster, Celbridge, from the Leinster Leader January 29 1971

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