THE SDLP’s Mark H Durkan has expressed his sympathy following the passing of well-known Derry man Seamus McAnee.
Mr McAnee, who was born in 1934, passed away this morning.
Said the Foyle MLA: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Seamus McAnee.
“Seamus has been the leader and lynchpin of City of Derry Swimming Club since before any of us can remember.
“He played a hugely positive role in the lives of so many young people across Derry, instilling the value of commitment and hard work in life as well as in sport.
“It wasn’t just children he taught to swim either – he taught my granny after she retired and it was the greatest gift she ever got – she proceeded to go swimming every day for the next 30 years and remembers Seamus with great affection.
“I had the pleasure of sitting on the old Sports Council with Seamus and joined with him in many campaigns including, memorably his successful crusade to save his beloved William Street Baths.
“He will also be fondly remembered for his leading role with the Credit Union.
“A true sportsman and a true Gentleman.
“Our thoughts are with the McAnee family, Seamus’ friends and his swimming circle, here and in the USA, at this most difficult time.
“And special thoughts are with Carmel, his partner at the helm of the club for so many years.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”