Professor Patrick Johnston, the President and
The leading cancer research specialist passed away suddenly on Sunday while cycling near Buncrana.
The 59-year-old Derryman had a house in Desertegney near Buncrana where his mother was from.
He was found by a motorist on Sunday when he was out cycling on the Pinch Road between Desertegney and Clonmany which is popular with cyclists.
Professor Johnston was regarded as one of the world's leading cancer researchers.
He joined Queen’s University in 1996 as Professor of Oncology, later leading the establishment of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology.
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“There is a real sadness there,” she said. “They spent as much time as possible down there. Locals loved him. They said he was a real gentleman and he talked to them as if they were friends. There were no airs and graces with him and you would not know from talking to him that he was a doctor or an intellectual. People in Desertegney are just devastated - really, really saddened because they said he was just a real gentleman in every sense of the word.”
Professor Johnston’s funeral takes place in Belfast on Thursday with burial in Desertegney Cemetery, Linsfort, Buncrana, at around