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Funeral service to be held on Monday for victims campaigner William Frazer

His passing on Friday was announced by his close friend Pastor Barrie Halliday

William Frazer

The funeral will take place on Monday of Markethill victims’ campaigner William Frazer.

Mr Frazer passed away at hospital on Friday, where he had been in ill health for a period of time.

His funeral on Monday will take place a week before what would have been his 59th birthday.

Mr Frazer, who had been married to Ann for almost 29 years, was a founding member of the victims group FAIR and had been deeply involved in the victims’ sector over many years. They had one son, Philip.

Six members of his own family were murdered in the south Armagh Troubles, one of which was his father Bertie, who was a part-time UDR officer, murdered by the IRA in 1975.

Two uncles and two cousins were also killed during the Troubles.

He lived at Tandragee Road, on the edge of Markethill, and it is from there his funeral will leave at 12.45pm on Monday.

The service will take plae at Fivemilehill Pentecostal Church, at Mountnorris Road, Bessbrook, at 2.15pm.

He will be laid to rest afterwords in the adjoining graveyard.

A son of the late Bertie and Peggy Frazer, he is survived by his wife, Ann, son Philip, brothers and sisters, Molly, Jim, Alan, Harold, Eva, Joe, Genevieve, Stephen, brothers and sisters-in-law Margaret, Sue, Alan, Deirdre, Gordon, Aileen, nephews nieces and family circle.

His passing on Friday was announced by his close friend Pastor Barrie Halliday.

He said Mr Frazer was “one of the best sons Ulster ever had”.

Pastor Halliday added: “He died peacefully with his family around him. We thought the world of him as a father, husband and a great friend. This afternoon we ask people to have respect.”

And he added: “A true son of Ulster has fallen this afternoon.”

Family flowers only are being requested and donations in lieu if deseried are to Fivemilehill Pentecostal Church and the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

Cheques are to be made payable to R Warnock, Funeral Director, 19 Forest Park, Markethill, BT60 1QS.

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