BRAY RESIDENT and lifelong newspaperman Tony O'Reilly was 'a real gentleman' according to friends who attended his memorial service in Bray last week.
Tony died suddenly at his home in Bray last Thursday. The 67-year-old started working at the Irish Independent in Dublin when he was just a teenager.
He remained with the group for the remainder of his career, including a move to the Drogheda Independent 33 years ago to supervise the introduction of new technology.
The arrival of photo typesetting was the biggest revolution in 100 years of printing and he ensured that the changeover went smoothly, bringing readers of the newspaper sharper pictures and text.
Tony became Managing Director of the Drogheda Independent of the Drogheda Independent, and always recalled with great pride that he was there for the paper's centenary year. Tony designed the centenary publication in its entirety.
Former editor of the paper Kevin Mulligan said that, ' The newspaper industry has lost an exceptional talent for Tony O'Reilly had unique skills in newspaper design that became the hallmark for many publications. He had unique skills in newspaper design that became the hallmark for many publications. He was also a very kind and generous man who, in his own quiet way, got the best out of people because of his dedication and loyalty not just to his employer, but to the people he worked with.'
Kevin added that Tony was 'a real gentleman in every sense of the word, who was extremely modest about his talents and ability and never minded sharing his knowledge with us all'.
Tony eventually returned to the Irish Independent in Dublin, where he remained as an executive until he retired this year after more than 50 years of service.
He is survived by his sons Colum and Ian, Ian's partner Lorraine, grandchildren Ciara and Ellie, nephew Alan, nieces Lorraine, Yvonne and Louise, sister-in-law Irene and his extended family and friends.
Tony's remains were cremated last Saturday following a service at Collier's funeral home in Bray.
His family asked that in place of flowers donations be made to The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland.