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Cyclists and farmers pay tribute to 'caring family man' Peter Smyth who died in collision with lorry

Accident victim Peter Smyth
Accident victim Peter Smyth
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

Tributes have been paid to "a caring family man" who died in a two-vehicle crash in Co Londonderry.

Peter Smyth, who was in his 40s, died when his van was in a collision with a lorry on the Drumcroon Road outside Coleraine on Wednesday at around 2.15pm.

Flowers were laid at the roadside yesterday in his memory.

Mr Smyth, a father-of three from the Garvagh area, worked in the family business, Smyth Steel.

The company has said that it will reopen on Monday following the bereavement.

Mr Smyth was also well-known in cattle-breeding circles, and a message of condolence was posted on a Redland Limousins social media page.

"I was shocked to be contacted this morning to hear that a great Limousin breeder, Carnmorn Herd and our friend Peter Smyth had tragically lost his life," the post read. "He was a great friend, a caring family man, always full of laughter and banter.

"It was always good to meet up at the footie and the rugby, especially at the Six Nations."

A friend added: "He was the life and soul of a good party. He will be greatly missed".

A keen cyclist, Mr Smyth was a member of the Bann Wheelers cycling club.

Another of his friends, Antony Laverty, said the news had devastated him.

"It's with grave regret that we are posting tonight about the tragic loss of one our long-standing members, Peter Smyth," Mr Laverty added.

"Deep condolences to Peter's family, Caroline and his children.

"He will be very sadly missed, not only by his family and friends but by all who got to know a genuine and very likeable character. RIP Peter."

Stanley Black added: "He was a great cyclist and a gentleman."

Another friend, Shane McDonald, said: "Terrible news. The most genuinely friendly and helpful guy you could meet. Spent many weekends in his company. He will be missed."

SDLP councillor Stephanie Quigley knew the family and had spoken to Mr Smyth in recent weeks on Castlerock beach, where he had been walking with his son.

"Peter was such a lovely, genuine person - a real hard-working family man," she said.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his loving parents, James and Eithne, and the entire family circle.

"It is just heartbreaking for children to lose their daddy at such a young age.

"The Smyth family are well-known and loved in this area and I am sure that this tight-knit community will be a great support at this difficult time.

"I know their Christian faith will be a comfort to them now and in the days that lie ahead."

Funeral details had not been announced at the time of going to print.

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