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Death of leading property expert Tom McClelland

Housing market expert and well-known conservation campaigner Tom McClelland has died.

A spokesman for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in Northern Ireland, Mr McClelland was a well-known media commentator on the housing market.

Principal at McClelland Salter Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents in Lisburn, he had been with the business since 1979.

A keen cyclist, Mr McClelland was also a tireless campaigner for the rights of vulnerable road users.

As a representative of national cycling charity CTC, Mr McClelland joined cycle campaigners protesting against allowing taxis into bus lanes in Belfast in February last year. Among the many organisations he was involved with were the Ulster Wildlife Trust and Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust.

Gordon Seabright, CEO of CTC, paid tribute: "Tom McClelland was an inspirational figure within CTC and for the whole cycling community in Northern Ireland.

"He was a winner of CTC's Volunteer of the Year award, and had very recently been chosen to receive our Certificate of Merit. Nobody could have done more to champion the cause of cycling in Northern Ireland.

"Tom was, too, an exceptional man - generous, kind, thoughtful and warm. All of us will miss him very much."

Mr McClelland died at home in Dundrod on Thursday.

He is survived by his wife Kathryn, children Matthew, Ruth, Sarah and James, and seven grandchildren.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held in Roselawn Crematorium on Tuesday afternoon.

Belfast Telegraph