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'Extraordinary' life of former AIB boss remembered

THE life of a man whose "reputation as a businessman was legendary", and who lived a " unique and extraordinary life to the full" was remembered yesterday at the funeral service for Kevin Kelly, former managing director at AIB and interim head of the HSE.

Mr Kelly, who was 70, died on Wednesday, and lived a life of service to the business world, the arts and to his family, mourners heard in the packed Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook.

"He loved work and engaged in the world of business with amazing energy, "parish priest Fr Martin Clarke said.

Describing a "quiet man", and a private person he said Mr Kelly had changed and enriched people's lives for the good, and had engaged with the world, life and people. He had made an "extraordinary contribution" to Irish business life with unique skillsets and a work ethic, but his overwhelmning commitment was to his family. Fr Clarke also spoke of a man with a love of newspapers, the arts, travel, photography, and learning Spanish.

Mr Kelly had trained to be a chartered accountant before joining Coopers and Lybrand, which later became PricewaterhouseCoopers, and had many senior positions in business, including his time at AIB, as a government administrator to manage PMPA in 1983, a non-executive director of Kerry Group, chairman of the Irish Management Institute and interim chief executive of the HSE, as well as former president of the Irish Bankers Federation.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, his daughters, Jeanne and Marianne, and his son, John.

Among those at the large attendance from the business world were many former AIB colleagues including former Attorney General Dermot Gleeson, Tom Mulcahy, Dermot Egan, Lochlainn Quinn, former Fianna Fail Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael O'Kennedy, and former HSE chief Brendan Drumm.

Mr Kelly's funeral took place afterwards to Kilmashogue cemetery, Rathfarnham.

Sunday Independent