'He was a force of nature' - Family pays tribute following death of Clancy Group Chairman
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'He was a force of nature' - Family pays tribute following death of Clancy Group Chairman

TRIBUTES have been paid to Clancy Group Chairman Dermot Clancy who passed away last week.

The 67-year-old, who died at his home in Penn, Buckinghamshire on Tuesday, September 10, was joint Chairman of The Clancy Group with his brother Kevin.

In a statement issued by his family, they said: “Dermot was a force of nature and a huge personality – his smile, cheeky disposition and big heartedness will be a loss to the hundreds of lives that he touched.”

They added: “He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, fun, family values and friendship.”

The father of five, who married “the love of his life” wife Vicky in 1974, was a successful businessman and avid sports fan, but was happiest when with his family.

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“Dermot was a sports fan through and through and filled his diary full of sporting fixtures including rugby, football, golf, tennis and horse racing,” they explain.

“His other great passion was horse riding – both recreational and fox hunting,” they added.

“Above all, Dermot was a family man – never happier than when he was surrounded by his family around the dinner table at his home.”

His son, Ronan Clancy, a Clancy Group associate director, said: “Dad’s big character, welcoming nature and enthusiasm for all aspects of his personal and working life brought huge affection from those he met.”

He added: “Alongside his successful business career, he was above all a great dad who always put his family first.”

Dermot and his brother Kevin became Managing Directors of the Clancy Group in 1984 following the death of their father, company founder Michael Clancy.

They took on the role of Chairmen in 2012.

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Their sister Mary Clancy is a Non-Executive Director at the company, having retired from its day to day operations in 2004.

She is now heavily involved with charity work among the Irish community in Britain.

The Clancy Group has become one of the largest privately-owned construction firms in Britain – with brothers Dermot and Kevin overseeing its growth from £8million to over £280million in annual turnover.

Dermot was responsible for the plant and building divisions of the business.

Born in London into a first generation Irish, immigrant family, Dermot spent his early years in Wembley as his father strove to create a better life for his family, eventually setting up MJ Clancy & Sons Limited in 1958.

Dermot was educated at Challoner School, Finchley, and went on to study business studies in which he qualified in 1972.

After college he joined the family business and quickly worked his way up to being appointed as a Director in 1975.

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He leaves behind his wife Vicky, their five children – Danny, Ronan, Kieran, Joanna and Jack - and a large extended family.