Declan McDowell, who previously served as the captain of the Derry City football club, passed away on Tuesday night surrounded by his family and friends.
Mr. McDowell died away peacefully at home, with his family at his side.
He is most known for his time spent at Derry City, where he competed in both the Irish League and the League of Ireland.
In a tweet that paid respect to former club captain Declan McDowell, Derry City FC wrote, “Derry City FC is extremely saddened tonight by news of the passing of Declan McDowell.” Declan earned the unique distinction of being the only player in Candystripes history to have appeared for the team in both the Irish League and the League of Ireland.
Declan made his League of Ireland debut in 1985 at Monaghan, together with Stuart Gauld, Nelson Da Silva, and Owen Da Gama.
During this trying moment, we want to extend our heartfelt condolences to every member of the family circle. May he finally find rest in peace.
A funeral notice for Mr. McDowell stated that a Requiem Mass for the famous footballer would be held on Thursday at noon in Holy Familly Church in Ballymagroarty. The service will be held in honour of Mr. McDowell.
“Beloved spouse of Helen. A kind and devoted father to his children Roddy, Declan, Holly, and Shannon. I am honoured to be Elizabeth, Kyra, Brendan, and Shane’s cherished father-in-law. It said, “Loving granda of Ryan, Rory, Alfie, Declan, Bradán, and Ran.”
“A brother who was adored by his siblings Kay, Kevin, Pearse, and Pat. All of his extended family, friends, and neighbours will mourn his passing and express their sincere sadness for his passing.