Tributes have been paid to Derry man Bill Quigley who lost his battle with Leukaemia early yesterday morning.
The father of two had been fighting Leukaemia since September 2010 - and last year came to public notice when his family issued an impassioned plea for bone marrow donors to come forward to to help find a match for him.
Many local people came forward to offer to be tested as donors by the Anthony Nolan Trust and the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service last Easter.
Speaking yesterday, Bill’s sister Stephanie said: “He was so brave and dignified right to the end. (I’m) so proud to call him my brother.”
Family friend Pat Ramsey added: “Bill was a young man who will be sadly missed by all his family and friends, he was a decent, honest and hardworking family man.”
His Requiem Mass will take place tomorrow at 10am from the Holy Family chapel in Ballymagroarty.