Balcas were very sorry to learn this weekend of the death of George Kidney OBE, at 91 years of age.
George was the founder of Ballycassidy Sawmills Limited in 1962, this being the entity that grew into the Balcas Timber Ltd that we know today. George led the growth and development of Balcas during our formative years, stepping down in 1988, however he continued to work until the early 2000’s and indeed is fondly remembered by the many staff still working here whom he employed personally. His legacy to the county of Fermanagh, and further afield, is enormous when you see today a business employing 380 people directly, and probably the same number again indirectly.
George was the epitome of a gentleman. Those of us that had the pleasure and honour of working for or with him will remember his decency and humanity, his fantastic sense of humour, and his great wisdom.
Our sincere sympathies go to his sons, David, Ernest, and Andrew, his wife Betty, his grandchildren and the whole extended family.
He will surely rest in peace after a life of great accomplishment and service to the timber & sawmilling industry.