Tributes paid to tragic Derry father who won hearts after donor plea

Mon, 02/01/2012 - 12:16 -- Editor

The Derry father, who won hearts across Derry during his search for a bone marrow donor, has died.

39-year-old Bill Quigley, father to two young boys, died this morning after a brave battle with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. His story hit the headlines last year when his mother issued a plea to the people of Derry to join the bone marrow donor register and help save her son's live.

The plea came after his sister, who was told she was a 100% match for bone marrow transplant also discovered she had cancer and wouldn't be able to go through with the transplant operation.

Derry MLA Pat Ramsey paid tribute to the brave Derry father.

"I have known the Quigley family for considerable time and sympathise with them at this difficult of times," he said. "Bill was a young man who will be sadly missed by all his family and friends, he was a decent, honest and hardworking family man."