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Tributes for former UUP councillor

Crawford McFarland was a former chairman of Omagh District Council, a former chairman of West Tyrone Ulster Unionist Association and president of the association until his death.
Crawford McFarland was a former chairman of Omagh District Council, a former chairman of West Tyrone Ulster Unionist Association and president of the association until his death.

By David Reed

A long-standing former Ulster Unionist councillor has passed away.

Crawford McFarland was a former chairman of Omagh District Council, a former chairman of West Tyrone Ulster Unionist Association and president of the association until his death.

Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton led tributes.

She said: "Crawford McFarland was the epitome of a perfect gentleman. He was a quiet, conscientious and generous man who faithfully served on the local council for almost 35 years.

"Although Crawford had retired from council when I was first elected to Fermanagh, he was always most interested in encouraging new councillors and supporting them in whatever way he could.

"I found him a man of great integrity and wise counsel, who always enjoyed a joke and a chat. He also had a wide and varied knowledge of council."

Councillor Allan Rainey said: "He was an immensely popular figure locally."

Mr McFarland stood down as a councillor in 2001.

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