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Yellow jersey guard of honour as cycling club member laid to rest

Philip Corr’s widow Kelly in the cortege
Philip Corr’s widow Kelly in the cortege
Philip Corr's widow Kelly
The cortege was lined by cycle jerseys
Keen cyclist Philip Corr founded his club in 2014
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

Belfast cyclists in yellow jerseys formed a guard of honour yesterday in a powerful tribute at the funeral of Philip Corr.

The father of four (41) died on Saturday afternoon in Dromara, Co Down, while cycling back to his family home in Belfast.

To mark his role as a founder of the Titanic Quarter Cycling Club, cyclists accompanied the funeral cortege to St Colmcille's Parish in east Belfast.

The service was followed by committal at Roselawn Crematorium.

Mr Corr's widow, Kelly, joined many of his friends and honoured her late husband by wearing the club's official colours.

Mr Corr is survived by his children, Nathan, James, Bradley and Sophia.

The funeral Mass was conducted by his cousin, Fr John Gates, who said he had been "full of life and love".

"The death of someone we love is always difficult and painful, and especially when the death is as sudden as Philip's, without any warning or preparation," he added.

"We are told in the scriptures that death comes like a thief in the night - how real that is in Philip's case.

"(It was) a normal Saturday which was to change your lives for ever. We can only guess at the sense of shock, disbelief, numbness, pain and loss which you feel at this time."

Fr Gates said his cousin was a loving father, son and brother who "in his own quiet, yet strong and competent way" made an impact on the lives of so many people.

Mr Corr was a project manager for Titanic Quarter Limited. His colleagues praised his excellent technical ability, enthusiasm and problem-solving skills.

He had also been studying for a master's degree in business administration and management after completing his BSc in construction engineering and management.

Mr Corr started the cycling club with close friend Alex McGreevy in 2014 and helped bring major events, such as the Giro D'Italia, to Belfast.

He had planned to take part in a 100-mile charity cycle this Saturday in aid of supporting positive mental health for students at Ulster University.

Since his death, more than £6,300 has been donated to a funding page he set up.

Philip's cousin said Mr Corr was "the heart and soul of every party" and someone who was always willing to help.

The St Joseph's Parent Teacher Association added their praise for the help Mr Corr was always happy to provide at events.

"It is quite amazing how big an impact and impression Philip has left on the lives of many, and yet for those closest to him, it is no great surprise," said Fr Gates.

"For them, Philip was full of life and love. He knew how to get the best out of anyone - he was very selfless and always doing stuff for others.

"But above all else, Philip was a family man for whom family was everything."

Fr Gates remembered with great fondness joining his cousin and Kelly to celebrate their marriage in Bardolino on Lake Garda.

Addressing the family, he said: "Philip, I know, would not have wanted to leave you. Even now I know that he will be close to you all to watch over and protect you in the difficult days, weeks, months and years ahead."

To contribute to Mr Corr's fundraising page, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/philip-corr

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