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Stephen Clements' colleagues 'will treasure the time they had with him'

Steven Rainey
Steven Rainey
Leona O'Neill

By Leona O'Neill

Colleagues of Stephen Clements from Q Radio and the BBC paid poignant tributes to the star yesterday on emotional shows dedicated to their lost friend.

Mr Clements spent eight years at Q before moving to Radio Ulster last summer to present The Stephen Clements Show.

On the stations yesterday, the usual levity that the much-loved broadcaster brought to both shows was absent, replaced by a sombre mood as colleagues shared their memories.

On Radio Ulster, stand-in presenter Steven Rainey spoke of his sadness over his friend's death.

Stephen Clements with his wife Natasha and their children Poppy and Robbie
Stephen Clements with his wife Natasha and their children Poppy and Robbie
Dream job: DJ Stephen Clements with his son Robbie
Beach life: Stephen Clements, with his daughter Poppy, has fond memories of Barry’s in Portrush
Leading man: Stephen Clements taking part in The Royal Does Strictly with Brenda Creaney of the Belfast Trust in 2012
Sunday Life News brenda shankey, eamonn holmes, Q Radio Stephen Clements and Cate Conway recording the Christmas Special. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 19-12-2015
Stephen Clements is set to present his own show on BBC Radio Ulster
Dream job: Stephen gets settled in
Stephen with wife Natasha
The RUA’s Annual Exhibition takes place at the award-winning Ulster Museum.
Great cause: Stephen Clements with Children in Need’s Pudsey
Stephen Clements with wife Natasha and children Poppy and Robbie
BBC Children in Need are presenters Holly Hamilton and Stephen Clements with Pudsey Bear.
Twitter postings: Stephen Clements
The BBC NI studio with presenters Stephen Clements and Holly Hamilton

"I know that I am not the voice any of us were expecting to hear this morning," he said.

"So many of us were affected by the terrible news. Stephen Clements was a one-off, a brilliant broadcaster who brought so much to so many of us."

The 90-minute show was also inundated with tributes from listeners.

The choice of music was at times sombre, including the U2 ballad One and David Bowie's Heroes.

One listener, Charlie from Carrowdore, said he loved Mr Clements' banter.

"Ninety minutes wasn't long enough. He will be greatly missed by us all," he said.

Mr Rainey said the number of people getting in touch was overwhelming.

"The messages that we are getting through are heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. He hadn't been with us for a long time, but he made such an impact," he added.

"It has been very emotional and everybody is very sad. We were just getting to know him and he was taken from us.

"We will treasure the time that we spent with him. He was very important to all of us."

On Q Radio there was also a deep sense of sadness.

As was said many times yesterday, Stephen was listeners' "best friend, who travelled with them in the car to work in the morning, keeping them laughing and sending them to work with a smile".

Yesterday's morning show was dedicated solely to him, with morning presenters Ryan Annett and Jordan Humphries taking a hugely emotional hour-long trip down memory lane.

The pair, who took over from Stephen and Cate Conway, said it was a huge privilege to be able to pay tribute to a friend who "lit up every room".

From his comedy sketches about Peter and Iris Robinson in their caravan in Millisle to stories from his own family life, the presenters reminded listeners of Mr Clements' talent.

In a montage of some of his moments, listeners heard him tell a story, set to dramatic music, of rescuing his wife's new cushions from a downpour in his underwear while shouting to his neighbours, "Sorry about the boxers, but it's an emergency".

On the hour newsreader Hannah Spratt read a story detailing the death of her dear friend and colleague, during which 'on-air wife' Cate poignantly referred to him as her "soulmate, best friend and brother" and said her heart was "broken into a million pieces".

Ryan told listeners, thousands of whom texted about their sorrow over Stephen's death, that he was devastated.

His co-presenter Jordan, meanwhile, said Stephen was a "special man".

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