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Gentleman | Much respected Ballymena businessman George Kernohan has passed away

The news of the death of ‘Gentleman’ George Kernohan, Managing Director of Braid Electrical, has been greeted with an outpouring of sadness as many paid tribute to the much respected Ballymena businessman.

George passed away peacefully yesterday (Monday 1 February) peacefully in hospital. For many years George has been a leading figure in the electrical industry in County Antrim establishing working relationships with Michelin, JTI Gallahers and the North Eastern Education & Library Board among others, as well as providing employment and training opportunities for a large number of people.

George left Ballymena Boys High School in 1967, and started an apprenticeship with Nicholl Bros Radio Ltd, that was then based on Wellington Street in Ballymena.

George’s character and professionalism seen him through to the top of his field when in 1991 alongside his brother-in-law Mr Bobbie Currie, they launched Braid Electrical Services Ltd. Indeed it was George’s character that became the business’ trademark of dependability and quality that sealed and secured many enduring electrical contracts.

James Henry Funeral Directors published details of George’s death yesterday:

“Kernohan George 1st February 2021, peacefully at hospital. Dearly loved husband of Margaret, 4 Kilgad Road, Kells. Precious father of Tracy, Julie, Holly and the late Hazel, a dear father-in-law of Michael, Kirk, Graham, Richard and Denise, a loving grandfather of James, Rebekah, Adam, Megan, Lana, Jacob, Sam and Archie. Due to current restrictions, house and funeral private. No flowers please, donations in lieu, if desired, may be sent to James Henry Funeral Services 100 Broughshane Street, Ballymena BT43 6EE for Friends of the Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital.

“Safe in the arms of Jesus””

A number of people posted tributes below the announcement:

“So sorry to hear of George passing away. Such a lovely man. Sincere sympathy to the family circle.”

“I'm so sorry for your loss. A true gentleman with a big heart. Thoughts and prayers with all the family.“

“So sorry to hear the sad news of George’s passing. Such a caring, supportive gentleman always demonstrating great integrity.

Sincere sympathy to Margaret & family.”

This morning former Principal of Dunclug College, Mrs Ruth Wilson said:

“Sincere condolences to the Kernohan family and to Braid Electrical on the death of George. George was an esteemed former Governor and friend of Dunclug College and we give thanks today for every remembrance of him.”