Early last Friday (17th July), the death has occurred of Gilbert Joseph Tunney MBE. He passed away unexpectedly in the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen.
Gilbert founded GT Exhausts in 1975. He was a great entrepreneur. He started his career as a vehicle mechanic. He went on to build GT Exhausts into a major manufacturer in the replacement sector, and also as a manufactures of original equipment which are exported across Europe, the USA, South America and Japan.
Gilbert’s entrepreneurial spirit and outstanding achievements, which span over 60 years, were rewarded in 2016, when he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours’ List. He was also acknowledged by the motor industry – Gilbert was presented with an Exceptional Achievement Award at the Irish Auto Trade Awards. It recognised Gilbert’s contribution to the motor industry on the island of Ireland, stretching back more than 60 years.
Gilbert made a huge contribution to an ever-evolving motor industry, whilst through a passion for his profession, he also became an outstanding ambassador for the very best in industry.
Gilbert reposed in his late residence in Enniskillen last weekend and on Monday, Requiem Mass was held for him at St Michael’s Church, Enniskillen, followed by his interment in Cross Cemetery, Enniskillen. Many people paid heir respects along the route, as in light of the Corona virus and in the interests of health and safety within the community, the wake and funeral were private.
We express our sincere sympathy to his loving wife Winnie, daughters Tracey, Nessa, Claire, Edel, Julie, Gail, Zoe, and Joelene, as well as his sons-in-law, grandchildren, brother, sister, the entire family circle, his many friends, and all at GT Exhausts.