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Ulster Tatler founder a successful businessman with real zest for life

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Tributes have been paid to Richard Sherry, the founder of Ulster Tatler, the society and lifestyle magazine.

Mr Sherry died in hospital on Wednesday following a short illness. He was 86.

He was born in north Belfast and, after attending St Malachy's College, made his career in publishing and became a successful entrepreneur and businessman.

He worked with his father Michael, who produced programmes for the Grand Opera House and local football clubs.

The Ulster Journals company was established in 1962.

With his dad, Richard raised their publishing business to another level and four years later the Ulster Tatler was launched.

They were inspired to do so by the success of the Irish Tatler magazine.

The Ulster Tatler found a ready niche in the publishing marketplace and its mix of fashion, social photography, lifestyle articles and its generally positive approach proved to be a highly successful formula.

It became Northern Ireland's longest-running periodical, celebrating its 50th anniversary last year.

He continued working for the Tatler until last summer and enjoyed good health until quite recently. The company is still run by the Sherry family.

His son Chris, managing director of the Ulster Tatler Group, said: "My dad had a tremendous zest for life. He took a great interest in those around him; something which was reflected in his chosen profession.

"I worked with him for over a quarter-of-a-century and enjoyed every minute of it. We also have happy memories of family holidays in Blackrock, Co Louth. He will be sorely missed."

Richard was made an MBE in 2011 for his services to the publishing industry and the community in Northern Ireland.

He was a member of Balmoral Golf Club for many years and was also a keen walker.

Mr Sherry had a strong Christian faith and regularly attended Mass at St Brigid's, Derryvolgie Avenue, from 1980 until recently. His funeral takes place at St Brigid's today.

Mr Sherry was predeceased by his wife Joan, whom he married in 1964 and who died in 2008, and by his sisters Noreen and Maura, who also worked for the Tatler.

He is survived by sons Chris, Michael, Richard and James, his nine grandchildren and wider family.

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