Well known tour operator and much loved Derry man, Martin McCrossan, will be laid to rest in the City Cemetery later today.
Mr. McCrossan passed away last Friday in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after a short illness.
Mr. McCrossan funeral will take place in St. Eugene’s Cathedral at 11:30am today with Fr. Paul Farren leading the service.
Labelled as ‘Mr. Derry’ because of the pride and passion he had for his hometown, Mr. McCrossan is survived by his wife Sharon, daughters, Christina and Charlene and grand-children, Bain and Tate.
Mr. McCrossan’s eldest daughter, Christina, is getting married in April and despite the fact the well known Derry man was a prolific public speaker he was nervous at speaking at the ceremony.
“If you knew daddy then you knew just how good a talker he was - he really did have the gift of the gab,” said daughter Christina yesterday.
“The wedding speech had daddy really nervous but that just shows how much he loved his family.
“The tributes paid to daddy have really helped us but if the truth be told, everything daddy did he did for myself, my mammy and Charlene - no one loved daddy the way we loved him,” said Christina tearfully.
Several days before he suddenly passed away, Mr. McCrossan and his family celebrated the Christening of his second grand-child, Tate.
“Daddy just lived for his family and I just hope he knew how proud of him we were. He never knew how to say no and was always there to help others,” said Christina.
Mr. McCrossan’s City Tours has been going for over 20 years and his tours of the city have won countless awards down through the years.
“I think daddy would definitely love the name ‘Mr Derry’,” smiled Christina.
“Daddy was such a proud Derry man and he saw the beauty in the city before many others - he was a one in a million.”