Tributes paid to councillor who ‘put Fermanagh first’

TRIBUTES have been paid to the late Ulster Unionist Councillor Eddie Elliott (96) who passed away peacefully at the South West Acute Hospital on Saturday. 
Colleagues in the UUP said that Mr Elliott’s death brings “a loss of a great advocate in Fermanagh” who served as party member for over 40 years, during which time he was a much respected councillor and served as Council chairman for a number of years, notably during the early period of the Troubles.
Rosemary Barton MLA said, “Eddie provided a great service in Fermanagh, not just to unionism but to the entire community. Eddie was the Council chairman that oversaw the development and opening of the Lakeland Forum in Enniskillen, which was a great advancement to the county at that time and totally new for the area.
“Eddie’s passing will of course be felt most by his family and friends, they are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”
Paying tribute to Mr Elliott former SDLP councillor John O’Kane said, “He was a very quiet man who had lots of experience and was very astute. 
“You would be well advised to listen to his opinion when he chose to express it in the Council. 
“He served his county well and although he was from a different political party we very much respected him. I found him to be a gentleman.” 
A spokesman for the Council added, “It is with deep regret that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has learnt of the passing of Mr William Edward (Eddie) Elliott JP, who served as a Councillor on Fermanagh District Council from 1973-1989. 
“During his years as a Councillor, Eddie was highly respected throughout the Fermanagh district and beyond and was noted for his zealous representation of his Constituents. On behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, we extend our sincere sympathies to his family.” 
Mr Elliott is survived by sons George (Elizabeth), Albert (Judith) and daughter Joan (Roderic) and grandchildren.

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