Friday, 01 April 2016 16:07
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of former Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Committee chairman Wil Gaughan who passed away at the age of 91 on March 18, 2016. Wil was a longtime member of the Ennis Committee and served as Ennis Committee chairman for a number of years. He was a dedicated Phoenix Sister Cities volunteer and was a member of several Phoenix Sister Cities delegation visits to Ennis. Wil was born in Centralia, Kansas, the last of 11 kids, on September 8, 1924. Wil was raised on a farm and rode a blind horse to school every day with his twin brother Victor. He enjoyed school and was Student Body President. In 1944 he joined the Navy and trained to be a Gunner, Bombardier, and Pilot. After the Navy he earned a Civil Engineering degree at Kansas State University in 1950. He was a Lifetime Member of Phi Kappa Catholic Fraternity. Wil was always busy in clubs, Junior Chamber of Commerce and was President of the Kansas State Boosters. In addition to his work with the Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Committee, Wil was a Founding Member and very instrumental in the growth of the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix. He loved Irish music and was able to enjoy it as he was in great health all the way until the end. In 1953 he married DeEtte and had four children. They came to Phoenix in 1965. He was involved in his children’s activities to include Boy Scouts and coaching. For 25 years he and DeEtte were very involved in the Desert Dance Club. He worked for 25 years for Salt River Project and was responsible for the Navajo Generating Plant. Wil was an active parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church for 50 years. He is survived by his brother Robert, sister Rita, children, Charles of Phoenix, AZ, Rebecca of Seattle, WA, Charlotte (Daniel) Taylor of Hot Springs, AR, Victor (Margie) of Phoenix, AZ, grandchildren, Regina Gutierrez, Garth Gaughan, Daniel Gaughan and Allison Gerke, great grandchildren, Lorelai Gutierrez and Genevieve Gaughan. He was preceded in death by his wife DeEtte, parents, and eight brothers and sisters.
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:41
The Phoenix-based Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library award three distinguished business and civic leaders with highest community service honor.
Who: Persons of Irish or Celtic descent, or anyone who wants to be Irish, are welcome to join the celebration dinner to honor three accomplished individuals during the annual Anam Cara “Soul Friend” Awards Gala, hosted by the nonprofit Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation in downtown Phoenix. Ticket are available for advance or event day purchase. Guests will be welcomed by an official Pipe band, enjoy a grand Irish feast, Irish music and dancers; all in the authentic surrounds of the Irish Cultural Center and castle that holds the McClelland Irish Library.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:54
Caledonian Society of Arizona
Please Join Us for the Robert Burns Supper
Robert Burns Supper
Phoenix Country Club
2901 N. 7th Street
Men are encouraged to wear kilts & jackets, tuxedos, suits or blazers with a tartan tie, while women don evening dresses with tartan sashes or shawls; tartan skirts with blouse or sweater.
The evening's program includes:
Attendees follow the Colours, Pipes and Drums into the Ballroom
Live band - Scottish tunes, songs and Auld Lang Syne
Tickets available at : Brown Paper Tickets
Everyone is welcome! We hope you'll join us!