THE untimely passing of John J Sheahan, last week, came as a great shock to his colleagues in the North Cork Enterprise Board, where he formerly served as chairman.
In a tribute on behalf of the board and its staff, its present chairman, Tadhg Curtis, described him as a valued friend, and a man of the highest integrity who gave freely of his time, talents and expertise to the Board over the past 11 years.
"As past chairman of the Board he provided leadership during a time of significant change in the economic and industrial life of North Cork," said Tadhg. "His business expertise was highly valued within the Board and, up to the time of his death, he served as a member of the Board's Evaluation Committee.
"There are many small businesses in North Cork today which owe some of their success to John's valued judgement, assistance and encouragement. His enthusiasm in supporting entrepreneurship, and innovation was infectious and his voice was always very influential and respected within the Board," added Mr Curtis.
"He will be greatly missed by all of us here in the North Cork Enterprise Board, and on behalf of the Board I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Pauline, children Laura and Patrick and to his mother Hannah and sisters, who also contribute so much to community life in the Mallow area."