Paddy Garvey, a renowned figure in the Irish bakery trade, has lost his battle with cancer. He died in a Dublin hospice at the end of April, having been seriously ill for over a year.

For 20 years he ran the bakery and retail business Mervue Confections, in Clontarf, Dublin, which closed down in the early 1990s. In 1986, he helped set up, then ran the Flour Confectionery and Bakers’ Association, which campaigned for better trading conditions and developed training for both bakery managers and workers.

He is survived by his wife Mary, sons Pat, David and Emmet, daughters Suzanne and Sinead and a wide family circle, including grandchildren.