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Business guru dies in his garden after being stung by wasp

A prominent Kildare author has died after being stung by a wasp.

John Butler (55), a noted business author and motivational speaker, who ran Century Management company, died in his garden on Sunday afternoon.

The businessman, who had more than 25 years' experience under his belt, had become a regular fixture on the business publishing circuit -- producing five books in the past few years.

And his wife Imelda revealed that he had just put the finishing touches on his sixth work, due to be released in September.

With titles such as Crossing The Rubicon and The Competency Programme to his name, Mr Butler has been praised for his ability to appeal to international audiences. He had worked with teams from all over the world, including South Africa, Germany, Switzerland and the US.

He had recently returned home from a conference in Russia and was excited about the prospects that had arisen from the engagement, according to his wife.

His works are described as being "beyond basic planning, goal setting and personal leadership coaching", and his latest work promises to provide "a practical, proven system to bring clarity and focus to your personal and professional life".

He is survived by his wife, daughters Michelle and Maria, son-in-law Geoffrey, brothers Edward and Andres, and his sisters Helen, Anne and Mary.

The funeral service will take place at the Church of St Brigid in Kill, Kildare, at 11am tomorrow and the burial afterwards will take place at St Corban's Cemetery in Naas.

The Butler family have requested that instead of flowers, those wishing to pay their respects donate to a charity close to John's heart -- Growth Reaching Africa (GRA), which helps provide education for young people in rural Kenya.