Belfast Telegraph

Tributes paid at funeral of Crusaders stalwart Harry Davison

By Tim Smith

The funeral took place yesterday of one of local football's best-known characters.

Crusaders secretary Harry Davison passed away suddenly last month.

Affectionately known as 'Harry D', Mr Davison was hugely respected at the north Belfast club, where his work spanned more than 30 years.

Yesterday a service of thanksgiving took place at Sinclair Seaman's Presbyterian Church in Belfast's Sailortown.

Mr Davison's coffin was carried past Seaview, the home of his beloved Crusaders, for the final time, draped in the colours of the club.

Mr Davison died on May 29. Tributes were paid by a series of players, including the team's star winger Gavin Whyte, who said he would be sadly missed.

Those who knew him recalled how his dry wit made him popular with everyone, including the players who loved him, and there was respect and admiration for his work throughout the Irish League.

Yesterday's service was followed by committal at Roselawn crematorium.

His family requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.

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