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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Appreciation: Cuimín McMahon

(Your news editor was saddened to learn of the tragically early death of one he remembered as a fine actuarial student – we are indebted to both Colm Fagan and Willie Mowatt for this appreciation.)

Cuimín McMahon was brave in facing new challenges in life. He was even braver when facing the cancer that finally claimed him from us in April last, at just 33 years of age.

Cuimín was a star pupil in the local school in Offaly where his father was headmaster. He was also gifted at music and was awarded a scholarship to study the piano at the Royal Irish Academy. He chose a different path in life, however, and joined Lifetime Assurance as an actuarial trainee. After qualifying in 1993 and completing an MBA at INSEAD, he joined Mercury Asset Management, from where he moved to Norwich Union (Aviva), to work in the group’s asset management division. His time at Norwich Union will be remembered for his incisive intelligence and hands-on approach as he successfully brought the collective investment products up to York and laid the foundations for the development of these products going forward.

Cuimín was blessed with a quiet self-confidence, which allowed him to take on new challenges in the different phases of his short life. Nevertheless, although his studies and work took him far from home, he always remained true to his roots. His deep faith was a great consolation to him and to those close to him during his final illness, and he always retained his love for the Irish language. He will be sorely missed by all of us who worked with him, but most of all by his parents Noel and Margaret, his sisters Marguerite and Niamh, and his fiancée Nicola.