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James O’Connor Obituary-Death; Cork Dad Of Three, James O’Connor, Passed Away On Mount Kilimanjaro On 40th Birthday.

In order to repatriate his remains, family members of a father from Cork have traveled to Tanzania. The father passed away on his 40th birthday from a heart attack while approaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Famous chef James O’Connor of Cork City’s family-owned Tony’s Bistro was only 100 meters away from reaching his objective of climbing Africa’s tallest mountain when he had a medical problem and died.

A GoFundMe page was created after James passed away to assist his family in returning his remains to Cork. The page has received little less than €40,000.

His relatives sent the following; “When James set out on what he considered was going to be one of his biggest achievements – climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – never did we think it was going to be his last trip.

“We are trying our best to bring James home as fast as possible to his loving family and friends,” they added.

Mr O’Connor is described as being “a wonderful husband, super father, amazing son, fantastic brother, loving uncle, friend, and hero to many”.

The post on the GoFundMe page continues: “He exuded positivity and anyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him would know they would never again meet another like James.

“We never thought we would find ourselves writing something like this and seeking the much-needed help from our friends and community, but we need to bring James home to his loving family in Limerick and Cork,” the post adds.

The family ended by quoting: “Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

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