We regret to announce the passing of Manufacturing NI Vice Chairman John Rooney
Manufacturing NI are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our esteemed long term supporter, Board member and Vice Chairman John Rooney. John had battled illness for some time and we pass on our deepest condolences to his family.
John is not only a great loss to his family, wife Rosemary, son Andrew and daughter Johanne, but to the Northern Ireland business community too. John made a great contribution particularly in inspiring and supporting global exporting, the small business community and building business relationships with government from Belfast to Brussels.
With business interests in hospitality, fishing, aquaculture and in particular his business, Rooney Fish in Kilkeel Harbour, John promoted local produce in markets at home, Europe and as far away as China.
John had a huge personality and was a great character. He was a generous and kind man, giving of his time to many causes and always willing to assist. He saw the value in and the benefit of work to rural communities and was a hard worker himself. He will be missed by friends and colleagues across the business community and particularly by those in Manufacturing NI.