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Former SDLP councillor Patsy Toman dies

Former SDLP councillor Patsy Toman passed away yesterday

A FORMER SDLP councillor who devoted more than 25 years to politics has died.

Patsy Toman, who served on Down district council, was last night described as someone who "worked hard to help people".

The Loughinisland man served on the local authority from the early 1990s and retired from political life in 2015 ahead of Down council's merger with Newry and Mourne.

He also assisted relatives of those affected by the Loughinisland massacre in 1994, in which six men were killed in a UVF gun attack on the Heights Bar in the village.

SDLP assembly member Colin McGrath said he was "deeply saddened".

"Patsy was well-known in his community of Loughinisland and across south Down as a man of immeasurable integrity," he said.

"He lived and breathed SDLP values and worked hard to help people. More importantly, Patsy was a dedicated and beloved husband, father and grandfather."

Requiem Mass is due to be held today at St Macartan’s Church, Loughinisland followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

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