Belfast Telegraph

Giant of Northern Ireland drink trade passes away after cancer fight

By Staff Reporter

A giant of the drinks industry in Northern Ireland who died following a long battle with cancer was a "larger-than-life character".

French-born former managing director of Guinness Northern Ireland Jean-Francois Jamet passed away aged 59.

The businessman - who was better known as Jeff - spent much of his working life in the drinks industry here, heading up the stout brand during the mid-1990s and into 2001.

Former colleague Stephen Magorrian - who heads up the Horatio Group - paid tribute to Mr Jamet.

"He was a larger-than-life character and a very big man, but soft and a gentle man. He was great company and well liked by the trade," he said.

"He was a man who loved his job and loved Northern Ireland."

A funeral Mass is being held at Colmcille's Parish Church in Holywood at 10am today.

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