Tributes for road crash cyclist David Catherwood as he's laid to rest
A "true gentleman" grandfather who died when his bicycle was involved in a road crash last week will be laid to rest this morning.
David Catherwood from east Belfast, who was aged in his 60s, was cycling towards Bangor with a friend at around 6.30am last Tuesday when they were involved in a collision with a white Mazda car.
The other cyclist, aged in his 30s, had minor injuries but Mr Catherwood died at the scene.
His funeral will take place today at 11am at Mountpottinger Methodist Church on the Albertbridge Road ahead of interment at Roselawn Cemetery.
Tributes have been paid across the internet to Mr Catherwood, who ran his own business and was deeply involved with a number of community groups - including the Cycle 4 Christ cycling club - and his church.
One friend described how Mr Catherwood was so upset about the 84 people who were killed by a truck driver in Nice on July 4, that he cycled 84 miles in their memory.
He had previously been involved with the Cregagh Ju-Jitsu Club where members spoke of their deep sadness at losing their friend, describing him as "a tremendously funny, much-loved friend and training partner".
Mr Catherwood was a very active member of the Mountpottinger Methodist Church and also served on the board of governors at Ashfield Girls' School.
In a death notice in the Belfast Telegraph, Ashfield Girls' School described Mr Catherwood as a "generous and very loyal member of the governors", adding: "We will all miss him".
Mr Catherwood also served as a captain with the 10th Belfast Boys' Brigade for more than 30 years.
The Cycle 4 Christ Cycling Club paid a touching tribute to Mr Catherwood.
In a Facebook post a representative of the club recalled his passion for life and for his family, and said being in his company would have "brightened up anyone's day".
"It's with sadness of heart that I'm writing this. David Catherwood was killed this morning on the A2 between Belfast and Holywood," they said.
"He would have brightened up anyone's day, being in his company, on the road cycling.
"His passion for life and his family, everything he set his heart to do for people and God, cannot be equalled. What an impact he had with us, encouraging us and saying, you can only get better."
They also offered support and prayers for his wife Janet and family and said he would be missed by everyone in the club.
Mr Catherwood was the 31st person to die on Northern Ireland's roads this year. In 2015, 38 people had died by this date.
Police are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the A2 early last Tuesday morning and who witnessed the collision to contact local police or the collision investigation unit on 101.
Mr Catherwood is survived by wife Janet and children Kathryn, Rachel, Philip, Rebecca and Alan.