WELL known city businessman, fishmonger and former chairman of Limerick Soccer, Rene Cusack, has passed away at the age of 94.
Mr Cusack, who was predeceased by his wife Olive by three years and lived in Revington Park on North Circular Road, passed away last week and was buried in Mount Saint Lawrence on Saturday morning.
He is survived by his sons Brian and Paul, daughter Joan and a large extended family.
An immensely popular businessman, he was instrumental in moving the family business - now in its fourth generation in the city - from its home on Bedford Row to the Dock Road in 1969, before it later moved to Alphonsus Street in 2005.
Mr Cusack was born at 11am on November 11 1918 as the peace bells were ringing to mark the end of the First World War, and was later christened Laurence Peace Cusack.
“He was born on Armstice Day in Bedford Row hospital and he lived in Bedford Row right up until the time he got married, when he moved to the North Circular,” said his son Paul, who now runs the family business and has a shop in Limerick’s Milk Market.
He went to school in CBS Sexton Street before joining his father Michael in the family business. He was variously described this week as a “terrific man” and “a very strong, powerful man”.
“He was well liked, he was always a very amicable kind of a guy,” agreed Paul.
As chairman of Limerick Soccer in 1959/60, he oversaw the side when it won the national league title that season.
“That was very much a highlight for him because he was always very involved with soccer. Winning the league was a major achievement for him and it was a classic thing for him to want to give back to Limerick,” explained his son.
“He was all about Limerick, that was his passion and he would do anything he could to help Limerick along the way. People have been ringing me up that he helped on their way and gave advice to, even if the advice was against himself sometimes. He was always open to helping people, he was a leader but a leader by example,” added Paul.