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Cyclists form guard of honour at funeral of Philip Corr

The funeral of Philip Corr took place at St Colmcille's Parish Church yesterday. Picture by Mark Marlow

CYCLISTS led a guard of honour at the funeral of Philip Corr yesterday as they paid tribute to a man "full of life and love".

The yellow jerseys of the Titanic Quarter Cycling Club, of which he was a founding member, provided a colourful spectacle outside St Colmcille's Parish in east Belfast amid the emotional scenes.

Hundreds of members of the cycling fraternity had gathered together to pay tribute to the 41-year-old, who was found collapsed near Dromara last Saturday.

He had cycled to Castlewellan with friends from the Titanic club and was returning home alone when he tragically passed away.

Originally from Cookstown, Mr Corr was known for his passion for cycling and the Titanic Quarter, where he worked. He had helped bring major cycling events like the Giro D'Italia and Gran Fondo to Belfast.

His dedication to the sport was reflected yesterday as cyclists from far and wide joined his family and friends.

His wife Kelly and their four children, who also wore cycling jerseys to the service, led his funeral cortege to the church where mourners heard how his sudden death had "robbed" his family.

Fr John Gates, a cousin of Mr Corr, told the congregation his passing came "without any warning or preparation".

"A normal Saturday which was to change your lives forever," he said.

"Philip was a loving husband, father, son and brother, and you all have your own memories and stories that will be told and retold in the weeks, months and years ahead."

Fr Gates said tributes paid to Mr Corr over recent days gave a "flavour of the man that Philip was and how in his own quiet yet strong and competent way he made such an impact on so many people".

"For someone who was taken in the prime of life Philip had achieved so much, and as well all know he also had so much he still wanted to achieve," he said.

"As a member of the Titanic Quarter team, Philip was highly regarded.

"He worked as project manager and was highly competent and successful and I know will be sorely missed by his colleagues."

The priest spoke about how Mr Corr "just loved cycling" and was "always willing to help people from whatever quarter in whatever way he could".

Fr Gates also told mourners it was "quite amazing how big an impact and impression Philip has left on the lives of many" but above everything else he was "a family man for whom family was everything."

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