MP's tribute as city's former mayor Len Green dies at 86
A former sailor turned SDLP councillor and later Mayor of Londonderry has died at the age of 86.
Len Green died on Sunday following a short illness.
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan paid tribute to Salford born Mr Green as a "stalwart city father" in Derry.
"Len Green came to the area as a sailor, fell in love with a local girl and fell in love with his adopted city," he said.
"His keen sense of justice made him a civil rights activist and then a member of the SDLP on its foundation. He served all in his adopted city well in his many years on Derry City Council and in his term as mayor of the city.
"Len Green had a very determined analysis and was unshakeable in his pursuit of an issue. His wry outlook and apparently detached manner, combined with a sharpness of judgement and a keenness for argument, made him a stalwart city father."
Mr Green served as Mayor of Derry in 1983.
His funeral is to take place tomorrow at St Eugene's Cathedral.
He is survived by sons and daughters James, Charles, Frances, Caroline and Patrick.