Just moments before he died, Peter Lynch Senior shared a drink with his son on his wedding day.

Peter Lynch Junior and his new wife Shauna had just got married in St. Columb’s Church, Waterside, before setting off to greet guests at their wedding reception in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana last March.

“My dad had cancer and had not been well for four years,” said Peter Junior.

“Although he was very sick, we never expected that he would die on my wedding day. “

HE continued, “My dad called all of his children and his brothers and sisters up to the bar and bought them a drink. He collapsed and died half an hour later.”

A few moments before his father passed away, Peter Junior recalled catching a glimpse of him standing at the side of the dance floor looking on while he danced with new wife Shauna.

“I think it was our second dance as husband and wife -- I remember looking to the side of the dance floor and I could see my father watching Shauna and I dance. A short while later he was dead.”

Peter Junior said he will miss his father forever and described him as a “great man.”

Peter Senior was 57 when he passed away and the last four years of his life were spent battling cancer.

Peter Junior said it pained him to watch his father fight such an unforgiving illness, but explained the situation could have been much worse had it not been for the care his father received in the Foyle Hospice.

“God, I can’t speak highly enough of the entire team in the Foyle Hospice -- I dread to think what it would have been like had they not been there,” he said.

“It was after a chat with a few friends that I decided that I wanted to organize a charity night and donate all of the money raised to the Foyle Hospice. It’s my way of thanking them for caring for my dad.”

- Derry Journal.