Community in mourning following death of popular Clady man

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Community in mourning following death of popular Clady man thumbnailThe late Adrian Devine.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular local man described as "an absolute gentleman" who passed away suddenly last week.

Adrian Devine (41), from Tullymoan Road, Clady, collapsed at his home last Wednesday evening after returning from a jog.

On Monday morning, hundreds of mourners joined his heartbroken family at his funeral service in St Columba's Church, Doneyloop.

Mourners were told of Mr Devine's devotion to his family, love for running and dedication to his work.

Well-known and highly regarded throughout the locality, the father-of-three was a chef and managed outlets for New Horizons Partnership - a cross-border, cross-community organisation that provides services to people with learning disabilities and people from other disadvantaged groups.

Friends and colleagues have taken to social media sites in recent days to pay their own tributes to Mr Devine speaking of his bubbly personality and sense of humour. Many also described him as "an absolute gentleman".

One of Mr Devine's roles was running the New Horizons cafe at the Alley Theatre.


The theatre closed on Monday morning to allow staff to attend the funeral and say goodbye to a "much loved colleague".

An emotional post on their Facebook page read: "Adrian was a valued member of our team for over eight years in Café Horizon and will be deeply missed by our staff, Café Horizon staff and our customers.

"Adrian always had a smile and was a true gentleman and the hospitality provided by Adrian was always of the highest professional standard, he would not have settled for anything less.

"Adrian, we will miss your kindness and banter so very much."

John Kelpie, chief executive of Derry City and Strabane District Council, in paying tribute to Mr Devine said he was well-respected and liked by his many colleagues.

"As part of New Horizons Partnership, Adrian ran the franchise for the canteen in our Strabane offices and the cafe in the Alley Theatre, Strabane.

"He was very well respected and liked by so many of our council staff.

"Our deepest sympathies are with Adrian's wife Joanne, his three children and his wider family circle at this very sad time."

Mr Devine was also well-known on the local athletics circuit having joined the Castlefinn Running Club in 2013.

Clubs from near and far have paid tribute to him and offered their condolences to his family.

Mark Connolly, an athletics coach with the local council, said the entire community had been stunned by Adrian's untimely death.


"The entire community has been in shock since the news of Adrian's death. A great supporter of local races, he also gave great support and encouragement to others

"Everyone who knew him talked of his gentlemanly personality which is so true. He will be sadly missed by his running mates in Castlefinn Running for whom he wore that vest with such pride. May he rest in peace", he said.

Also extending their sympathies to the Devine family, a social media post by local GAA club, Urney St Columba's read: "Adrian's two sons Aidan and Darragh currently play for our youth teams and in the past Adrian himself has served the club on a few occasions by providing refreshments at different functions.

"Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Adrian's wife Joanne, his three children Caitlin, Aidan and Daragh and his family and friends at this sad time."

Also paying tribute, Marcus O'Neill, from Clady Cross Community Association, said the border village had been left deeply saddened at the news of Adrian's sudden death.

"The passing of Adrian has shocked the whole community far and wide, north and south.

"A true gentleman and family man in every sense of the word," he added.

Following Monday morning's funeral service Mr Devine was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

He is survived by wife Joanne, their three children Caitlin, Aidan and Daragh, parents Gerald and Christina, siblings Pat and Dermot and wider family circle.

His family had requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to Chest, Heart & Stroke.


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