James O’Sullivan, director of M&P O’Sullivan cash and carry and a long-serving director of Cork Business Association (CBA) has passed away. He is survived by his wife Cathy and their children, Emma and Eoin, who were with him in Marymount Hospice when he died.
Mr O’Sullivan was the third generation of his family with the company, which was founded by his grandfather in 1905. He had recently celebrated his 58th birthday.
“James fought a very positive battle with his illness,” said Cork Lord Mayor Des Cahill. “In recent times I had the pleasure of attending many functions with James and he certainly had a great attitude to live for the day.”
CBA chief executive Lawrence Owens described Mr O’Sullivan’s death as an incredible loss. He described him as “a pillar of the CBA, and an absolute gentleman, who was warm, caring, loyal, and good” who did a lot of his charity work “under the radar”.
“He fought this illness at every turn,” he said. “He adopted an incredibly positive attitude. But that was a testament to his character and to his love of life.”
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: “James has been at the heart of Cork business, social, and charity life for decades and his work in the community and voluntary sector has made a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people.”
Checkout would like to extend its sympathies to James' friends and family.
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