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Respected trade unionist Frank Bunting mourned

By Claire Weir

Teachers, former pupils, trade unionists and family and friends have gathered to mourn the passing of schools campaigner Frank Bunting.

The funeral and 'celebration of life' for the respected former head of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) took place at Roselawn Crematorium yesterday.

The 61-year-old had been battling stomach cancer for some time and retired from his post at INTO at the end of May after 20 years with the union.

He also worked for 15 years with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Previously he had been a secondary school teacher in west Belfast.

Mr Bunting, from the Malone View Park area of Belfast, died August 27 and is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Mourners included his cousin and fellow trade unionist Peter Bunting and Education Minister John O'Dowd.

Known as 'Franko' to friends and family, he was renowned for riding his motorcycle and for always wearing a bow tie.

Peter Bunting said that his cousin was "hugely non-sectarian" and credited him with making massive moves to forge stronger links between INTO, which mainly represents Catholic maintained schools and the UTU, which works with controlled schools.

Members of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation carried Mr Bunting's remains into the service.

Belfast Telegraph

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