Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

N Ireland's oldest man dies at 106

First Minister Peter Robinson and Belfast Titanic CEO Tim Husband meet Cyril Quigley

The First and Deputy First Ministers have paid tribute to Northern Ireland's oldest man, who has died aged 106.

Cyril Quigley, who passed away after a recent illness, watched the launch of the Titanic in 1911 when he was a small boy.

Peter Robinson said Mr Quigley was Northern Ireland's living link to Belfast's shipping history.

"Today's news of Cyril's passing will be met with great sorrow," Mr Robinson said. "Cyril was a highly regarded member of his local community in east Belfast.

"As Northern Ireland's oldest man he was our living link to Belfast's maritime history - he will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time."

The ministers met Mr Quigley at the official launch of Titanic Belfast last year, where he was invited as a special guest.

He recounted his experience at the ship's original launch 100 years beforehand and shared some of his memories of the last century.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said it was an honour to have met Mr Quigley.

"It was a fitting tribute to have Cyril, who was only four and a half years old at the launch of the Titanic liner, to be the special guest at the opening of the iconic building," Mr McGuinness said. "He must have seen many changes in his long lifetime. I want to extend my sympathies to his family and friends."

Mr Quigley was remembered on Sunday morning at Knock Presbyterian Church, where he was a long-standing member.

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