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Simon Petraska RIP

"We all got to know Simonas very well and we could see his enthusiasm for life in general"

It is with great sadness that we report on the death of our friend and colleague Simonas (Simon) Petraska. Simonas passed away at Beaumont hospital on the morning of Saturday 26th January, 2019.

Simonas joined the staff of the INOU on 4th July 2016 as a Community Employment Worker in the role of Cleaner. Simonas’ duties took him into contact with everyone who worked in the building or who came to the building to attend meetings or training or other events. He quickly became well known by all members of staff throughout Araby House and by members of our National Executive Committee and members of our Building Futures Programme.

Simonas had a very outgoing personality. He had a good sense of humour, he was a warm character and was always smiling. We all got to know Simonas very well and we could see his enthusiasm for life in general.  

Simon loved Ireland. His tragic and premature death is a great shock to all his colleagues and friends here in the INOU. We miss him terribly and we offer our heartfelt condolences to Simonas’ mother Neli, his girlfriend Renate and to everyone who knew and cared for Simon. May he rest in peace.