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Belfast Trust founding chief William McKee dies aged 66

Former head of the Belfast Trust / Credit: William McKee
Former head of the Belfast Trust / Credit: William McKee

The founding chief executive of the Belfast Trust William McKee has died at the age of 66.

Born in Belfast in 1952, he oversaw the amalgamation of six separate Belfast trusts into one body in 2007.

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is the largest in the UK.

A spokesman for the Belfast Trust said: "We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of our esteemed former Chief Executive, William McKee CBE, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family at this terribly sad time."

Receiving a BSc from Queen's University and an MBA from Ulster University, Mr McKee went on to hold positions at various hospitals throughout Northern Ireland including Musgrave Park and Daisy Hill.

In 2006 he was awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to the NHS in Northern Ireland.

He died peacefully on Wednesday, and leaves behind his wife Ursula, his two children Catherine and William, and his siblings James, Janet and Susan.

NI Civil Service Permanent Secretary Richard Pengelly said Mr McKee’s "professionalism and dedication" to the health service was immeasurable.

"His influence and contributions to health and social care over a number of years was invaluable and he will be greatly missed," said Mr Pengelly.

"William was held in very high regard and it is with great sadness that we have learned of his passing."

His funeral notice says a celebration of his life will take place on Monday December 17 at 1.30pm at Ravenhill Funeral Service on the Ravenhill Road in Belfast, followed by a private cremation.

"Sadly missed by brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces and a wide circle of friends," the notice adds.

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