>> 28 Mar 2004

In memory: Harold Gracey.

The death has been announced today of Portadown Orange Order leader, Harold Gracey. I was saddened to hear of this. I met Mr. Gracey on a few occassions and found him to be a likeable principled man. He found himself at the centre of a major political crisis, thanks to Republicans targeting of the annual Drumcree parade. He impressed me with his down to earth humour and his determination to stay the course. For what it is worth, I felt he deserved much more support from the cast-list of unionist politicians, though this is not the time for such matters. My prayers are for his family. He will be much missed.


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