Tributes paid to the late James Doherty

James Doherty.

James Doherty.

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Tributes have been paid to Doherty’s Meats magnate and former nationalist councillor James Doherty, who passed away on Friday, May 22.

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan expressed deep sadness at the death of Mr Doherty describing him as a ‘complete gentleman’ and one of Londonderry’s most loved and respected businessmen.

“James Doherty was a complete gentleman, gracious in manner, generous with his time, yet gritty in his genius for managing change, moving things forward and bringing people along.

“In commerce, he sustained change and grew a successful family business in the face of various market changes, overcoming direct violent attacks on his business during the Troubles and providing valued and loyal employment,” he said.

The 90-year-old was laid to rest in the city cemetery following requiem mass in St Patrick’s Pennyburn on Sunday.

“The whole community will join James’s loving family in mourning the passing of a man of such profound worth, of such good work, of real wisdom and genuine warmth,” said Mr Durkan.