The property and facilities management industry lost one of its best-known and respected professionals recently, with the untimely death of Larry Kane, who died following a short battle with cancer.
Widely known and respected, Larry was to the forefront of the development of the property and facilities management profession. An engineer and Chartered Surveyor, he led Irish Estates Management as managing director for many years prior to its flotation as part of the Veris plc Group in 2006. He developed that business from a niche property services provider to Irish Life plc. to one of the largest and most successful commercial property and facilities management companies in Ireland. In doing so, Larry set and adhered to the highest standards of professionalism and customer service.
Together with a small number of other leading industry practitioners, Larry made a substantial and lasting contribution to the profession as a founder of the Irish Property & Facility Management Association (IPFMA), of which he was Chairperson from 1995-1997, and an executive member for many years. The IPFMA subsequently merged with the SCSI in 2015. He was a consistent promoter of professional standards, and of continuing professional development. He gave tirelessly of his time and energy to promoting the objectives of the Association, supporting its education programme and organising many events.
As an employer, and friend, Larry was a mentor to many currently employed in the industry. His vision, work ethic and high standards made him an outstanding role model. Larry also gave generously of his time to many charities, reflecting his innate decency, generosity and concern for others – he was a people person at heart. In particular, he served for many years as a board member of St Michael’s House.
Larry is a great loss to the surveying profession and will be dearly missed by those who knew and worked with him over the years. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, daughters Michelle and Jenny, and son John.
May he rest in peace.