Belfast Telegraph

Funeral for ex-UDA commander 'Jimbo' Simpson held in Belfast

The funeral of former Belfast UDA leader James 'Jimbo' Simpson took place on Monday.

A service was held for Simpson at his daughter's home in Orchard Street and he was then laid to rest in Carnmoney Main Cemetery.

Simpson (60) passed away at his Shankill Road home on Thursday after a battle with lung cancer.

After joining the UDA in the 1970s Simpson came to national attention when he served as north Belfast UDA boss during the Holy Cross dispute.

In June 2001 loyalists began picketing the Catholic girls school in the Ardoyne area over sectarian issues in the area.

Simpson was later ousted from his position as UDA boss and moved to England before returning to Northern Ireland in 2014.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and children Lisa, Stephen and Gillian.

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