Obituary: Martin McCrossan

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Tributes have been paid to a popular Londonderry tour operator. Martin McCrossan, 52, founder of Derry City Tours passed away on Friday (February 6) after a short illness.

His loss has been felt by the coaching community, particularly among drivers.

Mark Breslin, a driver at Maynes of Buckie told CBW: “Without fail, Martin always had a warm welcome for my passengers and I when we arrived in Derry. He was always working to help the tourism in Derry and local business. It said it all to me by the fact that the local papers carried headlines over the weekend to the effect they have lost ‘Mr Derry.’

“Martin and I became good friends and it will be hard each time I visit Derry not seeing him. However, his team of guides are going to keep McCrossan city tours going along with his wife Sharon. We will always remember him as being legendary.

“R.I.P Martin yours in coaching Mark Breslin & all the coach drivers that have meet you over the years.”

Carole Eaton, a tour driver at Mearns Exclusive Travel told CBW: “I had the pleasure to be on a tour with Martin. He was so very passionate about his town – a true gentleman of this industry. Condolences to Sharon and his family. He will be sadly missed by us all. RIP Martin.”

Details of Martin’s funeral were awaiting confirmation as this issue went to press, but a book of condolence has been opened in the Guildhall.