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Canon Dermot Jameson: Committed cross-community worker dies aged 93

Church Of Ireland Canon Dermot Jameson

AN Anglican canon known for his extensive cross-community work has died at the age of 93.

Church of Ireland Canon Dermot Jameson, who served parishes including Holywood, Kilkeel and Rostrevor, was born in India in 1927 and moved back to Ireland as a child.

In a statement, Saint Bronach's Parish Church in Rostrevor, Co Down, where he served as a rector for many years, said he "was passionate about many topics including Celtic history and the influence of early Irish saints".

"His efforts in cross community events and facilities are immense, from a weekly lunch club for senior citizens to outdoor fitness machines.

"In summary Canon Dermot was known for his energy, dynamism and charisma to such a level not even dreamed of by most or achieved by few.

"His many ideas were realised into visible and tangible accomplishments which continue to be a treasured legacy for this community.

"His main focus has always been the betterment of the people of the parish and the entire community."

His friend, former Irish News political correspondent William Graham, said Canon Jameson was committed to cross-community work.

"I've known him for about 30 years," he said.

"He was heavily involved in community work, community building, peace building and reaching across the divide."

He added: "I would describe him as a man of the people.

"He was really loved by the entire community in Rostrevor and surrounding areas.

"He was intellectually sharp, with a keen sense of humour and was a man of vision."

Canon Jameson celebrated the 70th anniversary of his ordination last year.

His funeral details have not yet been released.

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