Veteran republican Gerry Campbell is to be laid to rest today, on the 62nd anniversary of the death of his comrade Tom Williams.

Gerry, a long-standing member of the National Graves Association, had suffered from heart problems and died aged 79.

His wife, Kathleen, six sons and two daughters survive him.

The dedicated Gael only recently said the rosary at the graveside of Joe Cahill (left) – a service he had carried out at the funerals of countless republican over the years.

Gerry was interned a number of times and had served time on the Maidstone Prison Ship.

He suffered lung damage from his ill-treatment at the hands of the British during his time on the Maidstone.

A highly respected member of the community, Gerry was a member of the Antrim Hurling Board for many years as well as Vice-President of St John’s GAA for a time.

Fellow republican Martin Meehan praised Gerry and said his contribution to the republican cause would never be forgotten.

“Gerry was instrumental in the campaign – along with Joe Cahill – to have Tom Williams’ remains removed from Crumlin Road and interred in Milltown,” said Martin Meehan.
“It is poignant and fitting that he will be buried on the anniversary of Tom Williams’ death.
“My thoughts are with the Campbell family at this time.
“Gerry was a fine man, a fine husband, father and friend.
“He will be remembered with fondness and admiration by the many people whose lives he touched over the years.
“Right up until his death he was active in the National Graves Association.
“He was an inspirational republican and he will be sadly missed.”

Gerry Campbell’s remains will leave his home at 645 Springfield Road today (Thursday) at 11am for mass in the Church of the Annunciation with burial afterwards at Milltown Cemetery.

Journalist:: Staff Reporter

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