THE Killarney Town Twinning Association has expressed sympathy to the people of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina following the death of a former town mayor after a battle with Covid-19.
John Rhodes made many friends in Killarney through a sister town relationship and he paid a visit a number of years ago to sign a twinning agreement with then Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Niall O’Callaghan.
The Chairman of the Killarney Town Twinning Association, Sean Counihan, said he was very sorry to hear of John’s passing in such terrible circumstances.
“He was a very enthusiastic individual with a non-political vision of what could be achieved by incorporating retirement with the social economics of retirees.
“He played a major part in making Myrtle Beach what it is today,” Mr Counihan said.
Nearly 700 people gathered this week for a celebration of John’s life held in the Myrtle Beach Convention Centre.
He had served as mayor from 2005 to 2017 and he was remembered for his role in expanding the city’s sports tourism, recreation and athletic facilities.
Mr Rhodes, a former lifeguard, became a very successful businessmen and he owned and ran a number of busy restaurants.
Myrtle Beach has 60 miles of golden beaches and 90 quality golf courses it attracts over 15 million visitors every year.