Belfast Telegraph

A gentleman to everyone: Man who died during marathon named as Stephen Heaney

A man who died while running the Belfast City Marathon has been named as Stephen Neil Heaney.

Limavady man Stephen (50) collapsed during the event at the Sydenham bypass, around five miles into the race.

His funeral will take place in Christ Church, Limavady on Friday at 2pm, followed by his interment in the adjoining churchyard.

He leaves behind two daughters, Rebecca and Victoria.

Writing on Facebook, his daughter Victoria Heaney called him "a gentleman to everyone he crossed".

"I hoped that today [Tuesday] I would have been congratulating you on completing your first marathon yesterday," she wrote. 

"God had other plans and decided to take away the best man of my life, a role model, through being a Dad, a supporter, a sports player and a gentleman to everyone he crossed.

"Rest easy Daddy, I love you so much and I'm so proud of you."

A request has been made for family flowers only, with any donations going to Macmillan Cancer Support, c/o Browns Funeral Directors, 25 Church Street, Limavady.

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