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Final farewell as victims' campaigner Willie Frazer is laid to rest

Northern Ireland victims' campaigner William Frazer was laid to rest on Monday.

Politicians from across the region gathered at Fivemilehill Pentecostal Church in Bessbrook for the funeral.

Mr Frazer's coffin entered the church draped in a Union Jack flag.

Following a service Mr Frazer was buried in the adjoining cemetery.

Among those in attendance where DUP leader Arlene Foster, UUP leader Robin Swann and TUV leader Jim Allister. Also in attendance were DUP MPs Gregory Campbell and Emma Little Pengelly, loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson, former UUP MLA Danny Kennedy and former UUP leader Tom Elliott.

Mr Frazer died in Craigavon Area Hospital at the age of 58 on Friday after a long battle with cancer.

He was the leader of Markethill-based victims’ group the Family Research and Policy Unit (FRPU)

Five of his close family — including his father — were murdered in the Armagh area during the Troubles.

Mr Frazer is survived by his wife Ann and son Phillip.

Following his death on Friday, DUP leader Arlene Foster described Mr Frazer as someone who "would never be silenced from speaking up for the causes he believed most passionately in".

The funeral of victims' rights campaigner Willie Frazer at Fivemilehill, Pentecostal Church, Bessbrook. July 2019
The funeral of victims' rights campaigner Willie Frazer at Fivemilehill, Pentecostal Church, Bessbrook. July 2019
Campaigner for victims' rights Willie Frazer loses long battle with cancer. Mr Frazer was the leader of Markethill-based victims' group the Family Research and Policy Unit (FRPU). Previously, in 1998, he founded Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (Fair) to provide support for victims of republican violence.
The funeral of victims' rights campaigner Willie Frazer at Fivemilehill, Pentecostal Church, Bessbrook. July 2019
Relatives arrives for the Funeral of Willie Frazer at Five Mile Hill Full Gospel Fellowship Church on the Maytown Road, County Armagh, Monday July 1st, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
A single piper plays at the Funeral of Willie Frazer outside Five Mile Hill Full Gospel Fellowship Church on the Maytown Road, County Armagh, Monday July 1st, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
Joe Frazer (c) arrives for the funeral service of his brother Willie Frazer at Five Mile Hill Full Gospel Fellowship Church on the Maytown Road, County Armagh, Monday July 1st, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
People arrive for the funeral of Willie Frazer at Five Mile Hill Full Gospel Fellowship Church on the Maytown Road, County Armagh, Monday July 1st, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
Rev Mervyn Gibson
Gregory Campbell MP
Jim Allister MLA
People arrives for the funeral of Willie Frazer at Five Mile Hill Full Gospel Fellowship Church on the Maytown Road, County Armagh, Monday July 1st, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
DUP leader Arlene Foster
The Frazer family's Pastor Barrie Halliday and DUP Leader Arlene Foster Campaigner for victims' rights Willie Frazer loses long battle with cancer.
The funeral of victims' rights campaigner Willie Frazer at Fivemilehill, Pentecostal Church, Bessbrook. July 2019
The funeral of victims' rights campaigner Willie Frazer at Fivemilehill, Pentecostal Church, Bessbrook. July 2019
The funeral of victims' rights campaigner Willie Frazer at Fivemilehill, Pentecostal Church, Bessbrook. July 2019
The funeral of victims' rights campaigner Willie Frazer at Fivemilehill, Pentecostal Church, Bessbrook. July 2019
The funeral of victims' rights campaigner Willie Frazer at Fivemilehill, Pentecostal Church, Bessbrook. July 2019
The funeral of victims' rights campaigner Willie Frazer at Fivemilehill, Pentecostal Church, Bessbrook. July 2019
The Funeral of Willie Frazer takes place at Five Mile Hill Full Gospel Fellowship Church on the Maytown Road, County Armagh, Monday July 1st, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
People arrives for the funeral of Willie Frazer at Five Mile Hill Full Gospel Fellowship Church on the Maytown Road, County Armagh, Monday July 1st, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of victims' rights campaigner Willie Frazer at Fivemilehill, Pentecostal Church, Bessbrook. July 2019
People arrive for the funeral of Willie Frazer at Five Mile Hill Full Gospel Fellowship Church on the Maytown Road, County Armagh, Monday July 1st, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
People arrives for the funeral of Willie Frazer at Five Mile Hill Full Gospel Fellowship Church on the Maytown Road, County Armagh, Monday July 1st, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
People arrive for the funeral of Willie Frazer at Five Mile Hill Full Gospel Fellowship Church on the Maytown Road, County Armagh, Monday July 1st, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Willie Frazer at Five Mile Hill Full Gospel Fellowship Church on the Maytown Road, County Armagh, Monday July 1st, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
The Frazer family's Pastor Barrie Halliday

“William had more pain and grief imposed upon him during his life than anyone should ever have to experience," she added.

"There can be no doubt that the brutal murder of five family members, including his father, shaped and defined his life. William dedicated himself to fighting for victims of the republican terrorism he experienced so personally growing up in South Armagh."

Pacemaker Press 28/7/2015 Willie Frazer attends court, as Frank McGirr appeared at Armagh Court. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 28/7/2015 Willie Frazer attends court, as Frank McGirr appeared at Armagh Court. Pic Pacemaker
Willie Frazer attends the long-awaited inquest into the Kingsmills massacre. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Flag protesters gather at Belfast City Hall to protest against the Union Jack not being flown from the City Hall except for designated days. Willie Frazer. Picture Mark McCormick 29/11/14
Loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer at the launch of New Party (Protestant Coalition) at La Mon Hotel outside Belfast Picture Pacemaker.
Willie Frazer outside Laganside Court. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Loyalist protesters including Willie Frazer outside Tennent Street Police Station. Picture: Kevin Scott
Willie Frazer addresses the families of the ten protestant workmen, shot dead by the IRA at the scene of the massacre on the Kingsmills Road in south Armagh for a memorial service to mark their passing. Photo by Alan Lewis.
Willie Frazer at the International Peace wall, Northumberland Street Belfast while Sinn Fein unvail a new mural to Gerry Adams. 03-05-2014 Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life
Loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer at Belfast High Court where he was appearing regarding a case he has taken against the Respect MP George Galloway. Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye
Union Flag protester Willie Frazer launches a new Protestant Coalition Party after the descision to remove the Union flag from flying at Belfast City Hall
Union flag protester Jamie Bryson at Laganside Court in Belfast with Willie Frazer. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 06-06-2013
Willie Frazer and Colin Worton (left), whose brother was killed, attend the inquest of the Kingsmill massacre. Pacemaker Press 08/06/2016
Willie Frazer in 2017. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Loyalist Jamie Bryson punches the air as he leaves court after being given a six-month suspended sentence. Supporting him at court was victims' campaigner Willie Frazer. Photo by Alan Lewis.
The funeral of victims' rights campaigner Willie Frazer at Fivemilehill, Pentecostal Church, Bessbrook. July 2019
The funeral of victims' rights campaigner Willie Frazer at Fivemilehill, Pentecostal Church, Bessbrook. July 2019
The funeral of Willie Frazer at Five Mile Hill Full Gospel Fellowship Church on the Maytown Road, County Armagh, Monday July 1st, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)

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