Loyalist victim’s campaigner laid to rest

July 1, 2019

The funeral service for recently deceased loyalist victims’ campaigner Willie Frazer is to be held in Bessbrook today (Monday).  Following the service in Fivemilehill Pentecostal Church on Mountnorris Road, interment will take place in the adjoining cemetery.

Mr Frazer (58) passed away on Friday last following a long battle with cancer.

A vociferous campaigner for loyalist victims of the Troubles, he was often found mired in controversy.

Paying tribute to Mr Frazer on news of his death, former Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy said he “was in many respects a child of the Troubles”.

He said: “I worked with William over many years. We didn’t always agree and sometimes we differed in our approach to political developments, but I liked and respected him.  He was fearless in his approach and some people didn’t either like or appreciate that – but they had not lived the experience that he had, growing up in South Armagh and the loss of so many family members.”

Mr Frazer lost a number of relatives in the Troubles including hs father Bertie, a part time member of the UDR, who was killed by the IRA in 1975.

In recent years he worked closely with relatives of some of those killed in the 1976 Kingsmill massacre.

Colin Worton, whose brother Kenneth was among 10 Protestants shot dead in the attack, said he was “gutted” at news of his friend’s death: “I knew Willie Frazer all my life. We went to school together. There will not be another Willie Frazer in my lifetime. I’m gutted. There was no better fighter for the rights of victims than Willie Frazer. He’ll be badly missed.”

Mr Frazer is survived by his wife Ann and son Philip.