It is with great sadness that all associated with the ‘Derry Journal’ have learned of the death of our much loved former colleague, Larry Doherty.
Larry passed away this morning following a long illness.
For decades Larry Doherty was the eyes of the ‘Derry Journal’ covering events across the North West.
He began his career with the ‘Derry Journal’ in 1945 and retired as chief photographer in 1995. Larry’s son Lorcan continued with Larry’s work when he was also appointed as chief photographer.
Larry was so well known he once revealed that someone had once posted him a Christmas card with no address but marked simply with the name ‘Larry Doherty’ - and he got it!
Larry would often joke that he coined the phrase - Happy as... (Larry)
Throughout his long career Larry covered many momentous events for the ‘Derry Journal’ including Bloody Sunday and Dana’s homecoming from the Eurovision Song Contest.
He was widely regarded as one of the finest photographers in Ireland and his work is known as the best in chronicling the Troubles.
Indeed Larry’s work was known globally and printed in several American magazines.
To Larry’s family we extend our deepest sympathy and remember a man who touched the lives of so many in this city.
His remains will leave his home at 12 Belmont Crescent at 9.30am for 10.00am Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Pennyburn on Friday.
He will be laid to rest in the City Cemetery immediately afterwards.