Top Northern Ireland hairdresser David Aumonier dies
Tributes paid to 'great hero' of industry
Top Northern Ireland hairdresser David Aumonier has died.
Mr Aumonier's wife, Lawrain announced his passing on Tuesday. She said he died peacefully in his sleep and surrounded by his loving family.
He had been suffering from cancer.
One of Northern Ireland's best known hairdressers, he clipped the barnets of the Northern Ireland squad for the 1982 and 1986 World Cups when their training base was at Clandeboye Road football ground.
There has been a outpouring of grief and support for the family with many who knew him paying their respects.
Fellow hairdresser Paul Stafford described David - a Man City fanatic - as "a colossus of a figure" in the industry.
Very sad news to hear of the passing of David Aumonier, real gent, cut the mullets in the 80's RIP— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 24, 2016
He added: "Numbed by the heartbreaking news of David Aumonier passing, a colossus of a figure in hairdressing, an incredible charismatic, generous , loving family man.
"At every gig I'd scan the crowd looking for that familiar smile and wave. 'How are Leeds doing?' He'd say knowing too well how bad we were.
"His kind words , bear hugs and friendship ..... You left an immeasurable Mark on me DA and I'm glad I got the chance to tell you.
"Hairdressing has lost a great hero, we all have lost a great friend.
"Thoughts are with Lawrain Aumonier Paris and Davis."
Former BBC radio presenter Alan Simpson said the world had lost a "shining light".
"Proud to have called David Aumonier a friend," he said
"Anyone lucky enough to have known or even met David will never forget that amazing smile . A larger than life character with a huge personality and an even larger heart, David was a very very special person.
"Not only did he share his smile but that laugh will last for ever and ever."
He went on: "I was lucky to spend some time with David last week, he was frail and in pain from this horrible horrible disease but his amazing smile shone as bright as ever.
"His amazing family Lawrain Aumonier Paris Aumonier Davis Aumonier surrounded him and the palpable love they shared will be a beautiful memory that I am so proud to have.
"Everyone that ever met David will never forget that smile. I am lucky to have so many very very happy memories . Today is a sad sad day, there will be floods of tears but hopefully everyone will have a happy.
"The sun shines brightly today in tribute to our great friend. Thinking of Lawrain, Davis, Paris and Pat ... Team Aumonier xxxx.
"There will only ever be one David Aumonier."
Cool FM DJ Pete Snodden also paid his respects.
"Mr Football' was nothing but a gentleman. Privileged to have known him. Thinking of you all at this terrible time," he said.
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