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Funeral cortege of Professor Patrick Johnston to pass Queen's University Belfast in 'final and fitting' tribute

Students and staff encouraged to take up opportunity

The funeral details have been announced for the late Professor Patrick Johnston who was Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast.

He passed away suddenly on Sunday at his holiday home in Co Donegal aged 58.

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He had been a major force in overhauling cancer services in Northern Ireland, and was involved in establishing the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology.

Leaders from the fields of science, politics and business have spoken of their sorrow Professor Johnston's death calling him the man who "put Belfast on the global research map".

The Vice-Chancellor’s remains will be transferred to Belfast on Tuesday evening and are expected to arrive at The Lodge at approximately 7.30 pm.

Those wishing to pay their respects in person are welcome to attend the family home until 9.00 pm and from 12.00 noon until 9.00 pm on Wednesday.

Queen's University has announced his funeral mass will take place in St Brigid's Parish Church on Derryvolgie Avenue at 11am on Thursday.

The cortege will leave The Lodge at approximately 10.30am.

Students and staff will have an opportunity to pay a "final and fitting tribute" to the Vice-Chancellor as the cortege will drive through Queen's passing the front of the Lanyon at approximately 1.30pm, en route to St Brigid's for Burial in Desertegney Cemetery, Linsford, Buncrana.

Queen's registrar James O'Kane has encouraged staff and students to take up this opportunity.

Anyone wishing to make a donation should do so to Cancer Research UK or to Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

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