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Ex-legal chief of Belfast City Council passes away

'Requiem Mass for Mr Fox was held at St Comgall's Church, Antrim, on Friday, followed by burial at Antrim Cemetery' (stock photo)
'Requiem Mass for Mr Fox was held at St Comgall's Church, Antrim, on Friday, followed by burial at Antrim Cemetery' (stock photo)

By Staff Reporter

Tributes have been paid to John Fox, former head of legal services at Belfast City Council, who has died aged 87.

The Antrim man was the first Catholic to hold the post of town clerk, and served the council from 1971 until his retirement in 1994.

He was made OBE in 1998.

Peter McNaney, a former chief executive of Belfast City Council who previously served as Mr Fox's deputy, described him as a "highly intelligent individual and extremely wily in terms of how he influenced the political processes".

Mr Fox was a key figure in "bringing in proportionality in committees" previously dominated by unionists, Mr McNaney told the Irish News.

Former SDLP Lord Mayor of Belfast Alban Maginness called Mr Fox "an outstanding public servant".

Requiem Mass for Mr Fox was held at St Comgall's Church, Antrim, on Friday, followed by burial at Antrim Cemetery.

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