Maritime industry mourns death of business community 'stalwart'
An east Belfast maritime businessman whose funeral takes place today has been described as a "stalwart" of the Northern Ireland business community.
Tommy Rodgers MBE started his career aged 15 as a postboy with Head Line Shipping and set up TR Shipping Services 28 years ago.
The TR Group now has offices in Belfast and Rotterdam and includes the companies TR Shipping Services Limited, Cargo Forwarding Limited, Cargo Air Freight Limited, Tracco Logistics Company Limited and Tracco Logistics BV Holland.
Mr Rodgers also served as a president of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the British International Freight Association and vice chairman of Northern Ireland Middle East Export.
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Ann McGregor said: "Tommy was one of the stalwarts of the Northern Ireland business community and the commitment, energy and enthusiasm he displayed in his own business and the advancement of enterprise across the region were renowned.
"A self-made businessman, he was a friend and colleague to many of our members and the wider business community both at home and abroad and will be sadly missed."
Mr Rodgers was also on the board of the Simon Community charity appeal and in 2007 was awarded an MBE for Services to Homeless in Northern Ireland.
He is survived by wife Linda and sons Neil and Michael and will be buried at Roselawn Cemetery today following a funeral service at Christ Church in Dundonald.