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Presbyterian minister Roy Campbell (47) found dead at Tyrone home

By Alf McCreary

A community has been left in shock after a Co Tyrone minister was found dead at the bottom of his stairs at the age of 47.

The Rev Roy Campbell of Clogher and Glenhoy Presbyterian Church was discovered yesterday morning by a family member. Tributes have been paid to Rev Campbell, whose cause of death is not yet known.

He is survived by his wife and their two young children.

The clerk of the Tyrone Presbytery, the Rev Robert Herron, said: "The news of Roy's unexpected death has left many of us who knew him with a sense of shock.

"On behalf of the Presbytery I would like to convey to Roy's wife Tonya, his son Gershom, daughter Joanna, and the wider family circle our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences on this tragic news, and to the members of Clogher and Glenhoy, the congregation he has served since 2006."

A close friend of the late Rev Campbell, the Rev Robert Herron, told the Belfast Telegraph: "Roy was a very good colleague, and a friend to many local ministers, particularly young ministers.

"He was a hard-working minister who was very well-liked. He was in charge quite a while and he was a person who brought great stability.

"His early death is a tragedy for his wife, young children and the wider family, and for the church family at large."

Councillor Wills Robinson, a DUP member representing Clogher Valley, grew up in the congregation of Clogher and Glenhoy, and paid tribute to Rev Campbell.

"He was very popular in the whole area, and a member of the board of governors of Fivemiletown College," he said.

"He had had a full-time role looking after the congregation, and also with his role in education. He was minister in his church for over 10 years, and made a big contribution.

"He was a dedicated family man with two young children and he was a devoted carer to his wife, who is disabled. He was well thought of in the district and a very good man. His death is a big loss to his church and to the wider community."

Rev Campbell was licensed in his home congregation of Badoney and Corrick, near Pomeroy, in 2004, and served as assistant minister in Terrace Row, Coleraine.

His present church was his first charge as a minister. He was a former moderator of the Tyrone Presbytery.

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