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Cork air crash: Daughter’s heartfelt pledge to her dad during moving funeral tribute

“My main goal in life now is to make him proud.” That was the brave and heartfelt tribute paid to Richard Noble by his teenage daughter Lottie.

The 49-year-old was the fourth victim of the Cork plane crash to be laid to rest.

Originally from Derbyshire, Richard and his family moved to Northern Ireland in 2007 when he was appointed managing director of the Irish division of print business The Danwood Group.

The First and Deputy First Ministers joined business leaders, colleagues, family and friends to say their final goodbye to Mr Noble in a ceremony at Roselawn Crematorium.

It was a ceremony filled with laughter as well as tears as Richard’s loved-ones shared their memories of him.

Mr Noble’s own sense of humour was evident at the service. As his coffin was brought to the altar, his beloved football team’s theme, Glory Glory Man United, rang out triumphantly.

His sister Denise Hardwick described him as “the baby of the family” with an avid imagination.

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There was fond laughter from the congregation as she recalled his childhood imaginary friend, Phyllis, and spoke of stepping in “as big sisters do” when he had girlfriend problems.

The most poignant messages of the day were from Richard’s wife Alison and daughter.

Her voice heavy with emotion, Mrs Noble read the WH Auden poem Funeral Blues.

Mr Noble’s daughter Lottie finished the service with a moving tribute to her father.

She said she felt he would |always be there to guide her and that she hoped she would make him smile.

She said to her father: “You |are half of me and you always |will be.”

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