Tribute – John Humphries RIP Saturday May 10 2014


Mullingar Chamber of Commerce led tributes to their executive member John Humphries, President of Midland Gateway Chamber, who passed away on Saturday morning following a courageous fight against cancer.

“John Humphries was absolutely committed to the business community of Mullingar and of the midlands. Through this commitment he became our great friend,” said Pat Whelan Chamber President, “he approached Mullingar Chamber to offer his skills to help the business community in the town. He was a man of figures and facts, who began to research how to attract industry, create jobs, foster entrepreneurship and identify funding to help support the business community.

“When he moved from Mullingar Chamber to the Midlands Gateway Chamber, he dedicated himself to focusing on building a strong network of chambers and cultivating important business links between government agencies, development agencies, voluntary bodies and county councils.

“His hope and his work was to see this area achieve its great potential and that its development would be a national priority. His work was to forefront Mullingar, Westmeath and the midlands on political agendas at every given opportunity.”

John was one of the founders of Marketing Mullingar with Bartle D’Arcy, Pat Whelan and Ronan Byrne Bloomfield House Hotel.

“John had that great Scottish warmth and charm and he was always quick to cut to the chase. He believed that we needed to promote the town s a tourist destination and worked hard on the Festival of Festivals, the and The Gar. It was great fun to work with John and his enthusiasm for prompting Mullingar never dimmed. In the last year, he didn’t allow his illness to get in the way, securing permission for the Niall Horan gar and still coming up with great ideas for the town. he will be missed deeply by us, he was a great friend,” said Bartle D’Arcy.

His new role as Gateway Chamber President was challenging and he was quick to embrace it and begin a similar crusade for the gate way Chamber:

“John was on the ball when it came to promoting Mullingar and then the Midlands Gateway. He was always finding new research, new figures, new reports to help make a bigger and better case  for investment in the area, support from agencies and promotion of our amenities and business community. He will leave a big space,” said Una D’Arcy, Communications Officer, Mullingar Chamber.

“John’s first love was St Mirren but since coming to Mullingar he just loved St Loman’s too. He followed them and celebrated all their wins. He even persuaded us in for their Table Quizes. St Loman’s has lost one of their biggest fans.”


Angie Daly, the office Manager in Mullingar Chamber said that the entire office staff are deeply saddened by the news of Johns passing.

“John was a purely inspirational guy who became our dear friend here at Mullingar Chamber.  When we first heard he was sick, he wouldn’t hear a word of us feeling sorry for him.  John never gave up and worked with us right up until the end. We all offer our deepest condolences to his beloved wife Debbie and Rebekah his daughter.

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