- 03 Jul 2020
- Rolland Vincent
- BizAv Market Insight
The AvBuyer team is saddened by the news of Sean O’Farrell's death, aged 83. Sean was a friend, mentor and colleague, and will be fondly remembered by many within the Business Aviation community.
It is with deep sadness that AvBuyer announces the death of Sean O’Farrell. Sean was a friend, mentor and colleague, and co-founded the company with John Brennan in 1995.
Initially, Sean served as Publisher and Editor before stepping back to enjoy semi-retirement. He remained on the AvBuyer team as Consulting Editor until his death on July 6, 2020, aged 83.
“Sean was someone I have known for over 30 years and have worked with for 25,” said John Brennan, Managing Partner, AvBuyer. “He was a dear friend as well as a colleague, and at one time a partner in the company we started together.
“Sean will be particularly missed at shows and events where he was a fabulous ambassador for the company and was known and liked by scores of people in the industry,” John continued.
“In fact, we have had many emails from people who – on learning of his passing – have felt the need to get in touch and express their sadness.
"Sean was a great friend and colleague and will be deeply missed by us all at AvBuyer. We are still coming to terms with him no longer being around.
“He was someone who was liked and respected by all he met, and he was great fun to be around. He was always ready with a quip or comment which often put things in perspective or had us all laughing.”
At the news of Sean’s passing, he was described by industry peers as a “gentle giant” and “fine gentleman”.
His outgoing, cheerful personality won him many friends and he was held in high regard. He thrived on travelling to the leading trade events right up to (and including) NBAA-BACE 2019, and he relished the opportunity to meet with old friends and new. His enjoyment and dedication to the Business Aviation industry remained strong to the end.
“Sean made a significant impact in shaping my editorial career, having originally taken a chance on me right after graduating from University in 2000. For that, I will always be grateful,” Matt Harris, Commissioning Editor, said.
“He was more than a boss, Sean was a mentor and a friend. He always had time to talk about professional and personal matters and took an active interest in the lives of his colleagues.
"Sean had a mischievous sense of humour, and the 20 years I’ve had the privilege of knowing him have been peppered with laughs and smiles.”
Sean was a truly unique character who cannot be replaced, and he leaves a lasting memory with those who knew him. Quite simply, he was a central part of AvBuyer and he’ll be deeply missed.