There is widespread sadness at the sudden death of Rose Sheerin.
Rose was a hugely popular member of the diner team at Kernans in Newtowncunningham.
A spokesperson said Rose’s passing had caused heartache amongst staff and customers alike.
A spokesperson said “A dark cloud hangs over Kernans and the village of Newtowncunningham this week as we come to terms with the sudden loss of a member of our Kernan Family.
“Rose Sheerin was the heart and soul of our Diner team in Newtowncunningham for more than two decades.
“Rose brought her kind heart, caring personality and her famous sense of humour with her everywhere she went and was a key figure in making our diner what it is today.
“Rose always made time to chat to her customers and give them a warm welcome, she kept everyone going in the Diner she loved her work and all her work colleagues throughout the years.
“Rose remained a big part of our lives here in Kernans Newtowncunningham after her retirement with daily visits after the school run and throughout the day.
“Rose will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her. Our thoughts are with the Sheerin family at this difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.”