Longford mourns loss of popular businessman

Tributes are being made this afternoon (Wednesday) to the renowned businessman John Frank O’Reilly, who passed away yesterday.

Tributes are being made this afternoon (Wednesday) to the renowned businessman John Frank O’Reilly, who passed away yesterday.

The popular 87-year-old was arguably one of the midlands’ best known figures, thanks largely to his involvement in the success of the family’s long standing insurance business which he founded along Longford town’s Dublin Street.

A regular attendee at county social gatherings overseas, typified by the likes of the New York and London Dinner Dance Association functions, John Frank was deeply immersed in locally based charity organisations.

A member of St Vincent De Paul, the keen GAA follower made Lourdes an almost annual choice of destination over the years.

Husband of the late Winifred (Winnie) he is survived by sons Joe and Sean, daughters Anne and Mary daughter-in-law Sarah, sons-in-law Joe and John, grandchildren Ciara, Aoife, Tara, Katie, Laoise, Shauna, brother Brian, sister Sister Leo, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and many good friends. 

His remains will be reposing at his home at Ballymacormack from 5pm today, Wednesday, until removal to St Mary’s Church Newtownforbes on Thursday, arriving at 7pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Friday at 12 noon with burial afterwards to Ballymacormack Cemetery.