Sad passing of former Austins manager Luke Hasson

One of the north-west’s best known businessmen, Luke Hasson, has died suddenly.

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday, 1st February 2022, 4:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st February 2022, 4:24 pm
The late Luke Hasson who has sadly passed away.
The late Luke Hasson who has sadly passed away.

As the former managing director of Austins Department Store for almost forty years, Luke Hasson was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chamber of Commerce following his retirement in 2015.

His distinguished career included board appointments to Northern Ireland Railways and the Northern Ireland Fire Authority.

He had a particular passion for rail transport and fought hard to maintain the network in the north-west when the long term viability of local rail services was being questioned.

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As a former president of the Chamber of Commerce, he was instrumental in the revitalisation of Derry city centre, which ultimately led to the building of both the Richmond and Foyleside shopping complexes.

A much loved and respected man, he is survived by his wife Mar, daughters Sinead, Naomi, Aideen, Orla and Lucy, daughter-in-law Bette, sons- in-law Gorka, Eoin, Paco, Wolfgang and grandchildren along with his brothers Paul, John, Declan and sister Ann.

Funeral arrangements are to be announced in the coming days.