Founder and chairman of Finnebrogue Artisan Denis Lynn passed away suddenly on Sunday 2 May 2021 at the age of 63.
The father-of-four is survived by his wife Christine, his children Kerry, Clare, Tara and Ciara.
In a company statement, the late Northern Ireland businessman has been hailed an innovator and a visionary with an infectious passion for delivering positive change for the planet and its people.
He leaves behind an extraordinary list of achievements, it said.
"Denis [Lynn] also leaves behind Finnebrogue and a vision for its future. Finnebrogue was his creation. It now falls on all of us – the Finnebrogue family – to continue his outstanding work," the company said.
Headquartered in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, Finnebrogue is a leading artisan food producer and supplies most of the UK and Ireland’s leading retailers such as M&S, Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Asda and Aldi to name but a few.
The family-owned business produces a range of premium sausage, venison, bacon, ham, wagyu beef and vegetarian products.
According to the statement, the senior management team will lead the business on a day-to-day basis.
"Denis was our founder, leader and inspiration," the company said.
"We will best honour his memory by invoking his passion for making food the best it can possibly be, without being bound by the way it’s always been done – and by trying every day to make the world a better place," it added.