Tributes paid to John Spangler

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Tributes have been paid to former Derry Seagate vice president John Spangler, who has died, aged 60.

The former Seagate boss - a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan - died suddenly on Wednesday in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after a brief illness.

He retired from Seagate in 2010 and remained in Derry with his wife Catherine.

Tributes were led by Mr Spangler’s successor, Brian Burns, at Seagate’s Springtown plant yesterday. “John was one of the founding fathers of the Springtown site and a key member of the team that saw us grow from a green field site to the operation we have become today.

“He took great pride in the achievements of the site and was always one of our strongest advocates.”

Chamber of Commerce CEO, Sinead McLaughlin, described Mr Spangler as “an incredibly nice man”. “He was a real person, who wanted to do things for local people and for the city and to improve education and skills in the region.

“He took a lead on workforce development here,” she said.