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Hundreds pay their respects to prominent city solicitor

By Allan Preston

More than 500 mourners gathered yesterday to pay their respects to the veteran Belfast solicitor Gerry Daly, who died just two weeks after his wedding.

Mr Daly spent more than 40 years of his life with Francis Hanna solicitors in May Street.

He started as a junior clerk in 1975 at the age of 17 before earning his legal qualifications and rising to partner.

He had just married his partner Rosie on December 15 before sadly passing away on December 30.

Yesterday mourners packed into St Gerard's Church on Belfast's Antrim Road to say a final farewell, with only standing room for the many who came to pay their respects.

Martin Hanna, his friend and fellow partner at Francis Hanna solicitors, gave the eulogy.

Before the funeral he thanked those who paid tribute to Mr Daly. "He was a much loved and respected person. We'll give him a great send off on Thursday," he said in an online tribute.

The law firm's website said staff were deeply saddened at the loss of "our esteemed partner and dear friend. Gerry was an extremely industrious solicitor and became a partner in the practice at the earliest possible opportunity".

"He took pride in his straight-talking style and pragmatic approach to problem solving".

Mr Daly is survived by his wife Rosie, children Danielle, Tony and Dominique, and grandson Cillian.

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