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Funeral of victims' campaigner Willie Frazer to be held next week

Willie Frazer
Willie Frazer

The funeral of prominent victims' campaigner Willie Frazer is to be held on Monday.

The 58-year-old passed away in hospital on Friday surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.

A forthright campaigner for victims of republican violence, Mr Frazer lost five close relatives during the Troubles, including his father Bertie, who was murdered by the IRA in 1975.

He had battled ill health for several years, and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

His funeral notice read: "Dearly loved husband of Ann and devoted father of Philip, proud son of the late Bertie and Peggy, much loved brother of Molly, Jim, Alan, Harold, Eva, Joe, Genevieve, Stephen, brother-in-law of Margaret, Sue, Alan, Deidre, Gordon, Aileen and the late Ella and a dear uncle to all his nephews and nieces.

"Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by the entire family circle."

His funeral service will be held at Fivemilehill Pentecostal Church in Bessbrook at 2.15pm on Monday.

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.

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".

“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."

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