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Former Sovereign Grand Master of the Royal Black Institution, Millar Farr, dies after short illness

Former Sovereign Grand Master of the Royal Black Institution, Millar Farr, has died after a short illness

FORMER Sovereign Grand Master of the Royal Black Institution, Millar Farr, has died after a short illness, just four months after standing down from the role.

The 76-year-old from Cookstown, Co Tyrone, a former detective inspector in the RUC who was awarded the Queen's Police Medal, led the organisation from 2008.

Sovereign Grand Master Rev William Anderson said the insistution "is in mourning, having lost one of our greatest ever advocates".

He described Mr Farr as "a hugely respected figure within our organisation and a role model for our members" who "provided wise, progressive and stable leadership for the Institution over the course of the past decade".

Mr Farr is surived by his wife, Margaret, and children, Ivan and Jane.

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