Hundreds of tributes have been paid to photographer Mark Jamieson who has died at the age of 60 following a short illness.
The Coleraine man was well-known and respected in in media circles and his work took him across the north coast and into mid-Antrim and beyond.
A spokesperson for ‘Ballymena Daily’ said: “Mark was one of the best photographers in Northern Ireland and his passing is a huge blow to journalism.
“He was extremely well known and his work has featured in newspapers and magazines across the UK and Ireland.
“He was a big character with his own unique repertoire of phrases making him particularly stand out. Our sympathies go to his daughter Lynsey, family circle, friends and colleagues”.
Hundreds of tributes were paid to Mark on social media on Sunday.
Northern Ireland Press Photographers Association chairman Freddie Parkinson said: “On behalf of everyone in the Northern Ireland Press Photographers’ Association it is with the deepest sadness to learn of the passing of our long term great friend and colleague Mark Jamieson who has been ill for a number of weeks.
“Mark turned 60 earlier this year and instead of birthday presents he asked everyone to donate to Action Cancer in memory of his late wife Donna.
“All our thoughts are with his daughter, Lynsey and all the family circle. Lynsey has not only lost her father but her best friend.”
Mr Parkinson added: “Mark lost his wife through cancer a number of years ago and found it very difficult to suffer that great loss. Each time Mark and I meet up he always spoke of his daughter and his memories of his late wife.
“I have known Mark for approximately thirty years and he has been a very good friend to me as we both enjoyed a great chat and a good laugh over a pint when we were not working.
“Mark has been in the Northern Ireland Press Photographers’ Association for a long time and had won many awards. He considered the most important award the John Harrison Memorial for his photograph of Children In Sport.
“Being from Coleraine Mark very much loved his home town and had lots of friends including James Nesbitt as they both shared a passion for Coleraine Football Club.
“Mark was very much respected by everyone in the newspaper industry and a lot of editors and photographers spoke very highly of him and his quality of work as he always carried out with great professionalism.
“Everyone in the wide circle of the media today is in mourning for the loss of this great friend. If you knew Mark Jamieson in any way he always regarded you as a friend and we are all very much heart broken in losing a great legend.
“Rest in peace Mark no more pain.”
Claire Sugden MLA said: “Mark was part of our local fabric on the North Coast & Coleraine. RIP Mark & condolences to his family & friends”
A Service will be held on Wednesday August 15 (3pm) at the Church of Christ on Artillery Road, Coleraine, followed by interment at Coleraine Cemetery.
The following notice was on www.funeraltimes.com
‘The death has occurred of: Mark Jamieson
‘Jamieson – 12th August 2018 (peacefully) at The Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Mark 10 Rothsay Court, Coleraine.
‘Beloved husband of the late Donna, much loved father of Lynsey, devoted son of Tommy and the late Jean, dear brother of Kathleen, Thomas, Sammy, Harry, Ruth, Anita and the late Karen and devoted uncle of Ryan, Kirsty, Andrew and Cheryl. Service in Church of Christ, Artillery Road, Coleraine (by kind permission) on Wednesday at 3.00pm followed by interment in Coleraine Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu if desired for the I.C.U. Royal Victoria Hospital (cheques made payable to Revive) c/o Mrs Mona Murdock, 31 Bushmills Road, Coleraine. Deeply regretted by his loving family and entire family circle.The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord. Job1 V21’.