It was with great sadness that we had to mourn the loss of our former Chairman Bill Lynch who sadly passed away in January this year at the age of 89.  Bill was a founding member of the Irish Branch in 1974 and served as Chairman of the Irish Branch on 3 occasions most recently as 2012 when he was in his 82ndyear.

Bill was a native of Cork and a proud Munster rugby man. He started his career as a shipping agency clerk with the former state owned Irish Shipping Company at their office in Cork in 1947 before relocating to their head office in Dublin, spending 27 years with the company performing many roles including head of fleet management and chartering. After he left Irish Shipping he went on to establish several other companies operating in Port Agency and also the Oil and Gas sectors. He remained active in the business until about 4 years ago before he eventually retired, however he continued as a trustee of the Irish Branch Education Fund and kept in close contact with the committee and regularly attended the Annual Dinners.

Bill was hugely enthusiastic about the promotion of shipping in Ireland and about shipbroking as a professional career.  He served on a number of high level Government task forces including the Board of the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) for 8 years. He was also a former Chairman of Dublin Port Company.

He will be remembered by many people for his passion, enthusiasm and commitment to the Irish Branch. He was awarded the Sworn Shipbrokers Medal in 2016 in recognition of his work and distinguished career and contribution to shipping in Ireland.

He will be sadly missed and may he rest in peace.

Bill Lynch (second from left) in company with President Patrick Hillery Sept. 1986 (Source: ‘Course and Speed Made Good’)