Cold Feet star James Nesbitt shares touching tribute as dad dies, aged 91

James Nesbitt’s has paid tribute to his ‘inspirational’ dad, after he died aged 91.

James Nesbitt Senior – the former headmaster of a primary school in Lisnamurrican, in County Antrim – sadly died on Friday.

And the Cold Feet actor, 55, praised his father as an ‘inspirational teacher’ as well as a ‘wonderful parent’.

In a statement obtained by PA, he said: ‘Dad wasn’t only a wonderful parent, he was my inspirational teacher and a good friend.

‘Generations of primary school children in rural Northern Ireland were taught a love of literature, arts, music, science and sport thanks to dad.

‘As well as being a brilliant teacher he was a passionate Coleraine football fan.

‘One of my most cherished memories is of being with him to watch Coleraine lift the Irish Cup two years ago at which dad was presented with Skinner Bradley’s winning medal.

‘He leaves behind a family who will miss him more than words can say and I speak for myself, and my sisters Margaret, Kathryn and Andrea, when I say that he was a truly great man, and a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather.’

James’ cause of death has not yet been announced.

His beloved Coleraine FC, also shared their condolences with a tribute on the team’s website.

Chairman Colin McKendry said: ‘James got to know the players personally and travelled on the team bus to many of our big matches, including the Irish Cup win in 2018.

‘Unfortunately he wasn’t able to go to many matches recently due to ill health but I’m sure he would have been proud of our efforts last season.

‘Not only was James a fantastic supporter, but he was also a great sponsor and we are indebted to him.’

James is survived by children James, Margaret, Kathryn and Andrea.

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