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Derry GAA pay tribute to Hugh McWilliams as 'a giant of generosity' following road death.

Hugh McWilliams died yesterday. Picture from Derry GAA

DERRY GAA is in mourning after a road accident killed businessman and sponsor Hugh McWilliams.

The father-of-two died in a single-vehicle crash on the Five Mile Straight near Draperstown where he lived, at 1.10pm on Friday.

Tributes poured in for the GAA stalwart who, as managing director of H&A Mechanical Services, was the main sponsor of Derry GAA and St Colm’s, Ballinascreen where he was a member.

Derry GAA said it was “devastated”.

“Hugh was a giant of generosity. He was unstinting in his support for county, club and community,” it said.

“The GAA was a way of life for Hugh and his untimely death will be a shock across the county. Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne, his family and everyone at the Ballinascreen club at this time.”

All senior club championship fixtures due to take place this weekend have been postponed as a mark of respect.

Derry Camogie said it was “deeply saddened” and described Mr McWilliams and his wife Anne as “great ambassadors for our county” who were “generous” in their sponsorship. All its adult and underage fixtures this weekend have also been postponed.

Ballinascreen GAC said it was “devastated” to learn of the sudden death “of our friend, club sponsor and esteemed member”.

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