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Victims' campaigner Willie Frazer passes away aged 58

Willie Frazer at work in Markethill. Pic by Peter Morrison
Willie Frazer at work in Markethill. Pic by Peter Morrison

By Gareth Cross and Mark Edwards

Victims' campaigner William Frazer has passed away at the age of 58.

Mr Frazer died at Craigavon Area Hospital surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.

He was the leader of Markethill-based victims’ group the Family Research and Policy Unit (FRPU), he had battled ill health for several years and was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

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.

Posted by William Frazer on Friday, June 28, 2019

Family pastor Barrie Halliday announced the news of Mr Frazer's passing on Friday afternoon.

"It is with great sadness that I personally announce that at 3.55pm William Frazer passed away and went into the near presence of God," he said.

"On behalf of myself, speaking on behalf of the family, we have been overwhelmed by the support, the prayers, the good wishes of the people.

"This afternoon, one of the best sons that Ulster ever had left this old world, left pain and sadness behind him and went home.

"He died peacefully with his family around him. There will be people very keen to give an opinion on William. We thought the world of him as a father, a husband, as a great friend and this afternoon we ask people to have respect, to give the Frazer's privacy, time to deal with the situation.

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.

"When the time comes we will announce the funeral to which everyone will be very, very welcome. A true son of Ulster has fallen this afternoon."

Mr Frazer's father Bertie was part-time UDR man and council worker who was murdered by the IRA on August 30 1975.

He founded the Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (Fair) group in 1998 to advocate on behalf of victims of republican violence.

Mr Frazer stood down from the group in 2012 after it lost funding.

Aside from his campaigning on behalf of victims Mr Frazer was also a key figure in the loyalist flag protests in 2012.

He also ran for election on a number of occasions on various unionist and loyalist platforms, however he failed to be successful. 

A number of public figures paid tribute to Mr Frazer on Friday evening after the news of his passing broke.

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