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Claudy crash victim Wilson Sherrard a craftsman who made loyal order collarettes

By Staff Reporter

The man killed in a road crash in Claudy earlier this week was a factory worker turned artist who specialised in making collarettes for the loyal orders.

Wilson Sherrard was rushed to hospital on Tuesday afternoon after the car he was travelling in was involved in a collision with a van in Co Derry.

He was in an "extremely serious" condition following the incident, and could not be saved.

Two other men - the drivers of the car and the van - were also taken to hospital but are not believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Sherrard, and sympathies offered to his family.

The Londonderry Sentinel reported that the local man worked as an artist, and specialised in making collarettes for the loyal orders and also for masonic lodges.

He is believed to have been travelling home from Belfast, where he had been completing work on a batch of new collarettes for Scotland, when the crash took place.

Mr Sherrard had established a strong reputation in the specialised work with his company Maidencity Regalia, which he set up after the shirt factory where he had worked throughout his life closed.

He is understood to have designed the special Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 collarette worn by Orangemen in the city during that historic year.

He had also made collarettes for the officers of the City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge, as well as for other dignitaries including the Orange Order's grand master, Edward Stevenson.

Victor Wray, a former grand master of the City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge, said the wider community had been stunned by Mr Sherrard's tragic death.

"Wilson was a great friend of all the loyal orders in the city," Mr Wray told the Sentinel.

"Our condolences obviously go out to his family and his wife Ann."

Foyle DUP MLA Gary Middleton paid tribute to the late Mr Sherrard.

"Wilson Sherrard was a gentleman who was well-known and respected within the community. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him," Mr Middleton said.

"My deepest sympathy and prayers go to the Sherrard family at this sad time."

Ulster Unionist councillor Mary Hamilton also knew the deceased.

"I know his wife and his mother-in-law and my thoughts and prayers are with them all, they must be devastated at this time," she said.

Mr Sherrard's death brings to 37 the number of people who have been killed on our roads this year.

That total is lower that the equivalent for this period last year (40) and the year before (48). However, it comes following a spate of road deaths in which eight died during July.

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