George O’Mahony, who has died at the age of 88, was a former company secretary of Cork Examiner Publications Ltd and a director of Thomas Crosbie and Co Ltd.
In the late 1940s, he joined the company’s clerical department where his talent for administration was recognised. Appointed a director in 1978, he became company secretary in 1985. After working with the group for more than 40 years, he retired in 1990.
His parents died when he was young and he was reared by relatives. A bright student, he was educated by the Christian Brothers at the North Monastery.
Besides being an active member of St Vincent de Paul, he also worked with many other Cork charities.
Remembered by former colleagues as the best of company, he had a passion for singing, particularly in choral groups. Blessed with a fine tenor voice, he was a member of St Vincent’s Church choir and sang with Cór Cois Laoi under Pilib Ó Laoghaire.
In the 1950s, he played in a series of Christmas pantos, including a role as Buttons in Cinderella.
Former Cork Examiner editor Tim Cramer remembers him as “a kindly colleague, affable, approachable and excellent company, not least at a party”.
Ted Crosbie, owner-director of Landmark Media who worked with Mr O’Mahony for many years, described him as a “splendid colleague, a very good company secretary, and a most meticulous man”.
Predeceased by his first wife Nan, he is survived by his wife Pauline, daughters Catherine and Anne, and sons Edward, Pat, George, and Michael.
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