The Mayor of Derry Elisha McCallion has led tributes to a former City Council employee who has died after a brave battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Father of two Joe McDaid, from Farmhill, passed away peacefully on Sunday night at the Foyle Hospice.
Originally from Carnhill, Mr. McDaid worked for the Council for more than thirty years, chiefly with leisure services and, more recently, in the Guildhall.
Following Mr. McDaid‘s diagnosis, friends and family embarked on an extensive fundraising campaign - called ‘Team Joe’ - to raise funds to assist in the adaptation of his home and to raise awareness of MND.
Mayor McCallion said she was “deeply saddened” at Mr. McDaid’s death and offered her sympathy to his wife and two young sons.
She added: “This is a very sad day for everyone who knew Joe - his family, friends and work colleagues are all devastated at this news. They will miss him greatly but they can take some solace in the fact that they did so much to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.
“Joe’s work colleagues on Council did an amazing job raising thousands of pounds so that he could spend his last months at home with his family and friends. The people of this city came out to support ‘Team Joe’ at every opportunity whether it was to take part in a sponsored walk or to attend one of the many fundraising functions that were organised.
“The people of this city were very generous in their support. Joe was a very popular person and the way in which people responded to the charity efforts are testament to this.”
Mr. McDaid’s funeral will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, with his Requiem Mass being celebrated in St Eugene’s Cathedral at 10am.