Derry dad laid to rest tomorrow

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the funeral of a Derry man who died while on holiday in Amsterdam will take place tomorrow.

Damien McFadden’s body was discovered in a canal in the city at 11pm on Saturday May 11. Dutch police are treating his death as a “tragic accident”.

The father of two, who lived with his family in Bridgend, is survived by his wife Sinead, his children Darren and Ethan, his mother Anne and sisters Laura and Sandra.

It’s understood that passers-by along the Singel Canal in the heart of Amsterdam’s bustling tourist area raised the alarm after spotting an unconscious Mr McFadden in the water. A rescue team are believed to have made efforts to resuscitate the Derry man. However he died in hospital a short time later.

Tributes to Mr McFadden have been posted on his Facebook site.

His funeral will take place after 10:00am Requiem Mass in St Columb’s Church, Waterside, tomorrow (Monday). He will then be buried in St Mary’s Cemetery Ardmore.

Foyle MP Mark Durkan said: “The untimely and unfortunate death of Damien McFadden is tragically poignant and everyone’s heart will go out to his family at this very sad time. I extend my deepest sympathy to Sinead, the boys and wider family who are suffering such a shocking and tragic loss.”