- Dear Friends,
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Jim O’Leary, esteemed Waterford Brand Ambassador and Master Craftsman, has passed away.
Jim O’Leary spent more than 50 years dedicated to Waterford Crystal working his way up from a teenage Apprentice to International Ambassador to become a driving force for both Design and Quality. Described by his colleagues as enchanting and gentlemanly, he approached design as a “whole way of life”. He often visited us here at Crystal Classics during his global travels on behalf of the Waterford brand and we have always considered him a beloved & true friend. He will be missed dearly.
His craft won him legions of fans around the world particularly with crystal collectors in the United States, Europe and Australia. The Araglin collection that he designed, manufactured now for more than three decades, is second only to Lismore as one of Waterford Crystal’s most famous and successful patterns.
Jim was an example for all of us - one of dedication, excellence and passion in his work. He was an example of joy, kindness and compassion in his life with his family, friends and colleagues. Over the last two and a half years, as he valiantly fought cancer, he was an example of courage and humility.
We are certain that you will feel his loss as much as we do.