■ Be­reaved fam­ily re­spond with Hume’s trade­mark hu­mil­ity.

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When the news broke that so many had feared but had been ex­pect­ing, that John Hume had passed away, it came in the form of a sim­ple state­ment from his fam­ily which re­flected the way he ap­proached so much of his life — al­ways think­ing of oth­ers:

We are deeply sad­dened to an­nounce that John passed away peace­fully in the early hours of the morn­ing af­ter a short ill­ness.

We would like to ex­tend our deep­est and heart­felt thanks to the care and nurs­ing staff of Owen Mor nurs­ing home in Derry. The care they have shown John in the last months of his life has been ex­cep­tional.

As a fam­ily, we are un­fail­ingly in­spired by the pro­fes­sion­al­ism, com­pas­sion, and love they have shown to John and all those un­der their care.

We can never ad­e­quately show them our thanks for look­ing af­ter John at a time when we could not. The fam­ily drew great com­fort in be­ing with John again in the last days of his life.

We would like also to ex­tend our grat­i­tude to the peo­ple of Derry and Moville/Green­cas­tle, who have looked af­ter John and shown us so much kind­ness as his de­men­tia has pro­gressed. Cel­e­brat­ing com­mu­nity in all its di­ver­sity went to the heart of John’s po­lit­i­cal ethos and we are very ap­pre­cia­tive that our com­mu­ni­ties sup­ported, re­spected and pro­tected John.

John was a hus­band, a fa­ther, a grand­fa­ther, a great grand­fa­ther and a brother. He was very much loved, and his loss will be deeply felt by all his ex­tended fam­ily.

John’s fu­neral will be ar­ranged ac­cord­ing to the cur­rent gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions with very strict rules on num­bers.

We re­alise this will mean that many will be un­able to join us and we will ar­range a memo­rial ser­vice and a cel­e­bra­tion of his life in due course.

Above all, we know that John would have pri­ori­tised pub­lic health, and the safety and health of our com­mu­ni­ties. We are grate­ful for your con­do­lences and sup­port, and we ap­pre­ci­ate that you will re­spect the fam­ily’s right to pri­vacy at this time of great loss.

It seems par­tic­u­larly apt for th­ese strange and fear­ful days to re­mem­ber the phrase that gave hope to John and so many of us through dark times: We shall over­come.”

John Hume’s re­mains will be taken from Moville in Co Done­gal to­day to the Cathe­dral of Saint Eu­gene in Derry for 5pm, with the fu­neral Mass tak­ing place at 11.30am to­mor­row.

Fr Paul Far­ren, ad­min­is­tra­tor of the cathe­dral, will be the cel­e­brant for the Mass and will preach the homily.

Bishop Donal McKe­own, Bishop of Derry, will pre­side at the Mass and say the fi­nal words.

The cer­e­mony will take place in ac­cor­dance with pub­lic health guid­ance and so­cial dis­tanc­ing, will be strictly ob­served within the cathe­dral and on its grounds.

The fu­neral Mass will be broad­cast on RTÉ One at 11.30am, and on RTÉ News Now, and on the State broad­caster’s on­line and dig­i­tal plat­forms.

It will also be livestream­ed on the cathe­dral’s we­b­cam at steu­ge­nescathe­dral.com/we­b­cam.html

Mean­while, an on­line book of con­do­lence for Mr Hume will be opened in Cork at 12pm to­day at corkc­ity.ie.

Mr Hume was granted the free­dom of Cork in 2004.

Pic­ture: Don MacMona­gle

The late John Hume and his wife Pat when he was ac­corded a civic re­cep­tion in Kil­lar­ney in 2001.

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