The BBC announced on Tuesday that the extremely popular Northern Irish radio broadcaster, Stephen Clements, suddenly passed away at the age of forty seven.
Yesterday the airwaves in Northern Ireland were seeped in sadness and disbelief, as many programmes across the broad spectrum of stations were dedicated to the much loved young husband and father of two.
On BBC Radio Ulster, the station that the Carrickfergus native had recently joined after landing his “dream job” back in September , his mid-morning slot was inundated with tributes and listeners sharing their memories of him.
The Stand-in presenter Steven Rainey opened the show saying “I know that I am not the voice any of us are expecting to hear this morning”.
“Stephen Clements was truly a one-off, he was a brilliant broadcaster who I know brought so much to so many of us here,” he said.
Mr Rainey said while “Stephen was only part of that family for a short time”….”he had become a really special part of what we do”.
He described the father-of-two as an “amazing broadcaster and a very, very decent human”.
Stephen joined the BBC Radio Ulster station after seven immensely successful years at Q Radio where he, along with co-host Cate Conway, made the breakfast show into one of the most popular programmes in the north.
New Q Radio breakfast show presenters Ryan A and Jordan Humphries were tearful during the specially dedicated programme, with each song chosen in honour of their former colleague.
Tributes to Stephen
Tributes to Stephen flooded social media from well known Northern Ireland personalities and politicians. Television household favourite Eamonn Holmes paid tribute to Stephen saying “No more chats @radiostephen …. I’ll miss you , your listeners will miss you. My Heartfelt condolences to your family. A lesson for us all to live life because we don’t know how long it will last. Sad , sad times. How can you be gone ? #RIP”
While Belfast Boxer Carl Frampton also spoke to Q Radio with great emotion telling them that always championed local talent and would be “missed by so many people”. The North Belfast fighter added: “Stephen was a man who was always backing, and always trying to promote, local talent in different fields.
“He was described on the radio today as mischievous and fun, and always with a huge smile. Any photograph you saw of him he had a smile that filled his face.”
Sinn Feins Michelle O’Neill said “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Stephen Clements. His radio shows on BBC Radio Ulster & Q Radio brought his legion of listener’s joy through his music & humour
I would like to extend my condolences to his wife, children, family & colleagues at this very sad time”
Stephen was also a very dedicated patron to Autism NI charity and they posted on social media “Autism NI are saddened to hear the sad passing of our Patron Stephen Clements. Our thoughts and prayers are with his immediate family and friends. Stephen was a great supporter for autism across Northern Ireland.”
A funeral service for the beloved broadcaster will be held in Belfast on Tuesday January 14th. The service will take place at 4.30pm at Roselawn cemetery and is open to the public.
We join with the rest of the Northern Irish public to express our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues on the loss of a talented, kind and unique man.
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