Dubai’s shipping community is mourning the death of George Varghese, general manager of shipping conglomerate Rais Hassan Saadi, whose funeral was held on Tuesday.

Close friends said he died after collapsing during a golf game last Thursday.

A larger than life and extremely popular figure in the Dubai shipping community for three decades, Varghese’s career spanned all sectors of the shipping industry.

A native of the Indian city of Chennai, Varghese began working at Binny Shipping in 1974 after graduating from the Law College of Madras with a Bachelor of Laws focused on international law and legal studies.