THE funeral has taken place in Killarney this Thursday of the popular Kurt Neher, a great family man and respected businessman, who is best remembered in the town for his lifelong service to the Liebherr Container Cranes empire, having worked with the company for a remarkable 46 years.
A native of Schweinhausen in Germany, Kurt was initially working with Liebherr at its plant in Biberach when, in 1959, 10 staff there moved to Killarney on a work programme to lend their skills and know-how at the new factory in Fossa.
The others all returned to home soil but Kurt remained and lived the rest of his life in Killarney where he married Maureen Doolan, from Dalton’s Avenue, and became greatly involved in community life.
Kurt and Maureen had four children and the family is very well known and well liked in Killarney.
Remembered by so many as a thorough gentleman, Kurt was an avid sports fan, an enthusiastic golfer, a lifelong Manchester City fan and a Dr Crokes and Kerry supporter.
He took great pride in the sporting exploits of his son, Roland, who wore the green and gold of Kerry and the black and amber of Dr Crokes with great success and was recognised as a very polished performer on the field.
An enthusiastic member of the Killarney Active Retired group, Kurt loved travelling and visited many parts of the world. He was always planning his next trip.
Remarkably fit and energetic, he insisted on completing 20,000 steps each day and enjoyed brisk daily strolls in Killarney National Park, greatly appreciating the natural beauty of the town that became his home.
He was a regular at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club for many years and he thoroughly enjoyed the game and the companionship that accompanied it.
Predeceased 11 years ago by Maureen, Kurt passed away, suddenly but peacefully, at his home on Tuesday, at the age of 85.
He is survived by his children, Roland, Karin, Yuri and Erika, grandchildren Shauna, Kurt, Calum, Sarra and Lucas, daughter-in-law Joanne, Yuri’s partner Muireann, sister Marliese, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many good friends.
Following Requiem Mass, celebrated by Fr Jim Lenihan in in St Mary’s Cathedral this Thursday, Kurt was laid to rest in Aghadoe Cemetery.