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Tributes paid to car sales 'supermarket' founder Bob Mullan

County Derry businessman, Bob Mullan passed away at Altnagelvin hospital, yesterday, Monday.
Seamus McKinney

TRIBUTES have been paid to Co Derry businessman Bob Mullan who died yesterday after a short illness.

Mr Mullan was the founder of one of Northern Ireland’s first and largest car sales “supermarkets”.

The father-of-seven died at Altnagelvin hospital. It is understood he had been ill for some weeks.

Bob Mullan Motors, which was established in 1980 in Ballykelly, grew to become one of Northern Ireland’s most successful used car businesses.

It later moved to a new premises at Campsie in Eglinton, drawing customers from all over Ireland.

Confirming Mr Mullan’s death yesterday, the company said he was its “founder, father, granda, brother, uncle, boss and friend.”

A company spokesman said: “He was loved by so many and will be sorely missed. He is a massive loss to the car industry. Bobby was some man for one man.”

SDLP councillor for the area Orla Beattie said Mr Mullan had “put Ballykelly on the map” in terms of business.

Ms Beattie, and party colleague, Ashleen Schenning, extended sympathy to the Mullan family.

“Bobby was providing work in Ballykelly when there were very few jobs going. He never forgot his local community and was very generous when helping local charities. His contribution to the economy here cannot be overstated; he will be sadly missed," she said.

Sinn Féin councillor, Dermot Nicholl said Mr Mullan grew a hugely successful business from a very small start.

“He was well known as a businessman but he was also a very charitable man,” Mr Nicholl.

Requiem Mass will take place tomorrow at Star of the Sea church, Faughanvale at 3pm with interment afterwards at St Finlough’s cemetery in Ballykelly.

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