Belfast Telegraph

Funeral for Tyrone photographer Jackie Sloan


The funeral of County Tyrone-based press photographer Jackie Sloan who died on Christmas Eve, took place yesterday.

His wife Kay and their two sons were joined by hundreds of people for the service at Sacred Heart Church in Omagh.

The father-of-two was well-known in the local area and had worked as a photographer for the Ulster Herald and Tyrone Herald.

It's understood Jackie had suffered from Alzheimer's and had been diagnosed with cancer.

Speaking about a picture of Jackie, which fellow photographer Michael Cullen captured, Sacred Heart priest Fr Eugene Hasson said: "The picture was very characteristic of Jackie.

"A picture does capture the mood of a person sometimes."

Tributes poured in for Mr Sloan as news of his passing emerged.

As well as covering local events, Jackie also photographed weddings and had covered major incidents including the Omagh bomb.

The Ulster Herald posted a message on its Facebook page to pay tribute to the former employee: "Sad news to hear the passing of our friend and great Ulster Herald photographer Jackie Sloan. RIP."

His death sparked dozens of online tributes, with many describing him as a "true gentleman".

One close friend, Karen Mullan said: "Very sad news, Jackie was a lovely man and highly regarded within the newspaper industry. Deepest sympathy to his family."

Another devastated Facebook user posted: "A real gentleman who always went out of his way to get the job done. Great memories."

Co Tyrone photographer and friend Michael Cullen said: "I would have worked with him at different events and he was a very witty person and would have brightened up any day.

"He was a civil gentleman and one of the old school photographers."

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