Tributes paid to 'a true gent'

By Julie Magee


By Julie Magee


The heartbroken family of a father-of-three who died in a crash on the outskirts of Coleraine have paid tribute to “a kind and generous friend, funny and loving family man and a true gent.”

Peter Smyth’s loved ones shared their sadness with hundreds of mourners who attended a Service of Thanksgiving for his life on Sunday, just hours before the borough’s roads claimed another life.

Earlier, under sombre skies and in stunned silence, queues of mourners stretched from the main entrance of Aghadowey Presbyterian Church, along the winding Ardreagh Road.

When the church car park was full, long before the service began, drivers parked in a nearby field for one of the biggest funerals the area has ever seen.

It took so long for mourners to file into the spacious country church that the service started late with chairs placed in the aisles and standing room only in the gallery.

*Read the full tribute inside this week's Chronicle.

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