Michael Dandy, former md of builders merchants chain Gibbs & Dandy, died last month aged 56.
Mr Dandy, a qualified solicitor, joined the family firm in 1980 as company secretary, becoming a director in 1984. He spent time as the assistant managing director and then, in 1986, succeeded Ron Silvester, who also passed away last month, as md.
Mr Dandy remained at the helm until 2008 when he negotiated the sale of the business to Saint-Gobain and remained in position to oversee the transition and integration of the business into the group. In November 2009 he retired from his full-time role and became a non-exec director.
A statement released by the company said: 'Michael was seen by many as the epitome of integrity, honesty and clear values. Suppliers, customers, staff all knew who they were dealing with, and were confident in being a part of the business, or in their dealings with it. These values continue to be upheld by his friends and colleagues across the business to this day... He will be sadly missed."
Mr Dandy is survived by his wife Eithne.