THE death occurred in hospital on Sunday, January 31 of Dr Ivan McCabrey, founder and former chief executive of Mivan, one of the top fit-out and construction companies in Northern Ireland.
Ivan was born in January 1948. He was reared in Lurgan, but later lived in Moira.
He founded Mivan in 1975 and it was without doubt one of Northern Ireland’s biggest construction outfits, with jobs which included building a palace for Saddam Hussein and building Disneyland Paris! The company worked in Beirut and in Jerusalem, where it restored the roof of the Dome of the Rock, for which it won a Queen’s award.
Ivan had his own jet. He also had the license to fly it, but he rarely did fly it himself.
He was a keen racegoer and it was at Down Royal that he met Joan Cunningham, who persuaded him to sponsor the show jumping Grand Prix at the Saintfield Agricultural Show, which he did from 2006 until 2009. The Grand Prix, which attracted the top riders from all over Ireland, offered a prize fund of £3,000 each year.
From 2009 until 2013, Mivan was the major sponsor of the Saintfield Horse Show, which has raised a large amount of money for charity.
“Dr McCabrey will be very sadly missed,” said Joan. “We send our sincere sympathy, our thoughts and prayers to his wife Heather and daughters Claire, Emma, Gayle and all the family circle.”