Peter Fahey, Business Development Manager for CooperVision in Western Australia, passed away on 19 April 2018 after a short illness.
Mr. Fahey is survived by his wife Ruth, children Andrew and Matthew, and five grandchildren.
Mr. Fahey was passionate about the sciences. He began his professional career as a secondary school science teacher before moving into the medical profession, where he worked for approximately 20 years. Mr. Fahey worked for eight of those years as the Business Development Manager for CooperVision in Western Australia. Mr. Fahey chose to donate his corneas upon his death, and as a consequence of his generosity, two recipients will now be able to enjoy a future with clear vision.
Loved and Respected
Speaking of Mr. Fahey, Greg Sampson, General Manager at CooperVision said, “Peter loved working with his customers and had a true passion for helping them with all things business. Within our team he was everyone’s friendly big brother and was hugely respected and loved. Both his professionalism and humor positioned him as a born mentor and coach, and he was our product champion award winner four times. As a small gesture of his dedication to the role, this yearly award will now be renamed the ‘Peter J Fahey Product Knowledge Award’.”
Mr. Fahey loved life, and travelled from place to place, often in his ‘Sunday best’ suit, tie and braces. “He never missed a chat about business… as long as it was over a craft beer, and proudly spoke of his life with Ruth and their family,” said Mr. Sampson.
A Truly Good Bloke
Speaking of Mr. Fahey’s passing, Rhonda Keen, business unit director at Bausch + Lomb said the industry had “lost a truly good bloke”.
“I had the good fortune of working with Pete many years ago at Merck, Sharp and Dohme and we became fast friends,” Ms. Keen said. “Pete was an asset in the Cooper team… he made tough competition even tougher. Pete’s passion, enthusiasm and sales professionalism made him stand out among his peers and to his customers.
“It breaks my heart to see darling Pete in his spotty shirt, ever present braces and his big smile in the CooperVision ads, but those of us who knew and loved him would know he fought hard and was always the optimist – living brightly and to the max. Life will go on and Pete’s last gesture of unselfishness ensures mivisionsomeone sees our world a whole lot better.”
Claire Denut-Samuels, National Sales Manager for CooperVision, and Pete’s direct manager said, “He left his mark on us all. His final wish was that there be no formal service to celebrate his life, and that those who wished to, would raise a glass for him and a life well lived. He was a true gentleman and we were fortunate enough to have met and worked with him. We will truly miss Peter and he will remain in our thoughts forever. May he rest in peace.”