Tributes pour in for equal rights activist David Roche

Tributes pour in for equal rights activist David Roche

LGBT rights activist David Roche, who died suddenly at his home in Macroom last weekend. Pic: Gerard McCarthy

TRIBUTES have continued to pour in for gay rights campaigner David Roche who will be cremated in a funeral ceremony tomorrow following his sudden death at his home in Macroom on Saturday.

Mr Roche had campaigned for the rights of LGBT people for many years and was involved with the Cork Gay Project, a board member of the LGBT helpline and Chairperson of the Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance (CESCA).

Cesca released a statement praising the work that Mr Roche had done in setting up the organisation.

“He was a true champion for equality for all and a lifelong LGBT activist. He was a truly courageous and a beautiful man that challenged injustice and inequality throughout his life. Ireland is a better, more equal country because of Dave,” the statement read.

“He loved life, friends, food and coffee and he lit up a room with his broad smile and infectious laugh. He will be missed by so, so many. We extend our deepest sympathies to his partner Paul, his family, and his many friends.

“Our CESCA family have lost a wonderful colleague and friend and like many today we are struggling to come to terms with the enormity of the loss.” 

The Cork Pride organisation said Mr Roche was a “true gentleman and passionately devoted his life to helping others, touching the lives of many".

UCC academic Dr Michael Waldron said he will remember Mr Roche as an “involved, facilitating, championing, good humoured, and joyful personality”.

Mr Roche, who is survived by his partner Paul and family, will repose at Keohane's Funeral Home in Mayfield from 12pm to 8pm today and from 12pm to 2pm on Wednesday followed by his funeral ceremony at The Island Crematorium on Ringaskiddy at 3pm.

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