Neil Salt: Tributes to the founder of car dealership Co Tyrone after his sudden death

A popular car dealership founder in Co Tyrone is remembered as someone ‘who dedicated his life’ to the business.

Neil Salt, founder of Saltmarine Cars in Tamnamore, outside Coalisland, died of a sudden illness on Wednesday at the age of 75.

In a statement from the car dealership announcing his passing, the company described Neil as a “founder, friend and father”.

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“It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of our founder Neil Salt,” they said.

“Neil passed away peacefully from a sudden illness on Wednesday April 27 at the age of 75.

“Neil started Saltmarine in 1969 and dedicated his life to growing a company that would become known for the highest standards of customer service.

“Over the years he has made personal friendships with so many customers and enjoyed seeing the same faces return over and over again.

“He will be missed by all.”

Former clients and friends paid tribute to the popular businessman under a Facebook post breaking the sad news.

“Such a terrible loss not only to his family but to the entire community,” one person said.

“I will always remember him not only as a great businessman, but more importantly as a great friend gone too soon.”

“We have had the privilege of calling Neil a friend over our twenty plus years of doing business with Saltmarine,” said another.

“Just recently in the showroom I had a long chat with him. To Anne and the boys we offer our deepest condolences. What a legacy he left behind.

Neil is survived by his wife Anne and children Alan, Caroline, Tony, Jack and Michael, and his funeral will be on Saturday.

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