The founding director of the Shannon Chamber Eddie Ryan, who died earlier this week
TRIBUTES have been paid to a founding director of the Shannon Chamber and its first acting chief executive Eddie Ryan.
Eddie, who passed away earlier this week, had an association with aviation spanning over 70 years, and was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society’s distinguished service for this lifetime of dedication to aviation and inspiring many young people.
He was instrumental in the setting up of the Aviation Museum in Shannon Town.
Remembering Eddie, Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes says: “Without much help from anyone, Eddie established the Aviation Museum, and along with Jane Magill has since developed it into one of the few visitor attractions currently in Shannon.
“His dedication to Shannon was obvious. Eddie was instrumental in introducing the first full-time employee to hold a chief executive position in the Chamber, a position that continues to be retained,” Ms Downes added.
“Throughout my tenure as chief executive, his interest in the Chamber continued and he was always curious as to how we were progressing and our wide range of initiatives. His presence will be sadly missed in Shannon but his legacy will live on,” she added.
Eddie died peacefully in University Hospital Limerick.
Formerly of Shannon Town and Moyne Templetouhy, Tipperary, he served in the Irish Air Corps.
He is deeply missed by his loving family, wife Philomena, daughters Marion, Geraldine and Fiona, son Finbar, sons-in-law Gerry and Philip, grandchildren Darren and Aisling, brother-in-law Joseph, extended family in Ireland, England and America, neighbours and a large circle of friends.
His funeral will take place tomorrow, Friday, at 11am, followed by cremation at the Shannon Crematorium.
The funeral Mass can be viewed live on www.shannonparish.ie/webcam
Messages of sympathy can be sent to Mc Mahon Funeral Directors.
May he rest in peace.