Belfast Telegraph

Tributes paid to former Seagate vice president John Spangler who died after short illness

By Clare Weir

Tributes have been paid to a former vice-president of Co Londonderry-based IT firm Seagate who died suddenly last week.

US-born John Spangler died suddenly at Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after a short illness.

He had been living at Clarendon Manor in Derry with his wife Catherine since retiring from the firm last year.

The Seagate plant in the Springtown area of the city develops and manufactures components of hard disk drives.

Springtown plant manager and vice president Dr Brian Burns extended his sympathies to Catherine and to his family members in the US.

"John was one of the founding fathers of the Springtown site and a key member of the team that saw us grow from a greenfield site to the operation we have become today," he said.

"He took great pride in the achievements of the site and was always one of our strongest advocates.

"After many years in Seagate's recording head facility in Minneapolis, John made the move to Derry in 2002 to take up the role of plant manager of Springtown operations.

"Initially intending to stay for just a two-year assignment, John's tenure lasted eight years during which he put down his roots and made the north west his home.

"Last January, he bid the plant farewell to enjoy his retirement.

"Over the years, John's contribution to the plant has been immense.

"He was a committed and hard working leader whose drive and enthusiasm inspired us all. His warm personality and sense of humour ensured that he also made many friends during his time here."

Mr Spangler was born in South Bends, Indiana.