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Funeral to be held today for loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer

The funeral of loyalist campaigner, Willie Frazer, will take place in Bessbrook. Picture by Pacemaker
Marie Louise McConville

THE funeral of high-profile loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer will take place in Co Armagh today.

Mr Frazer, who was 58 and from Markethill, died in hospital on Friday.

He rose to prominence as the founder of Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (Fair), set up in 1998 to support victims of republican violence.

The father-of-one, who had several relatives including his father Bertie killed by IRA during the Troubles, stood down from the group in 2012 after its funding was frozen.

He was also the founder of the ‘Love Ulster’ rallies, which led to serious rioting in Dublin city centre in 2006, and was prominent in the Union flag protests in Belfast in 2012.

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Along with Jamie Bryson, he was a spokesman for the Ulster People’s Forum set up in the wake of the flag protests.

Last month, funding was withdrawn from another support services charity he was linked to – the Family Research and Policy Unit.

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

A funeral service will take place today at Five Mile Hill Pentecostal Church in Bessbrook at 2.15pm.

He is survived by his wife Ann, son Phillip and eight siblings.

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