The NTDA was saddened to hear of the passing of Denis Rooney, aged 78, former Sales Development Manager at member company Kirkby Tyres.

Denis was a long-term, and loyal, employee of the company and a well-known and much respected ‘tyre man’.

Denis joined Firestone after his National Service and subsequently joined Kirkby where he worked for 30 years playing a big part in the growth of the company.

Denis only worked for the two companies for the whole of his working life. He returned regularly to Kirkby to talk with his old friends and the Chairman who kept him updated with the many changes in the business.

Denis was a religious man who was devoted to his family.

He will be sorely missed by his wife Dot, his children Catherine, Michelle, Gerard and Paul, grandchildren Adam, Sophie, Alice, Jack and Georgie and his many friends at Kirkby and colleagues across the tyre industry.