In The News

Tributes are paid to former Director of Public Prosecutions

Tributes are paid to former Director of Public Prosecutions

TRIBUTES have been paid to Sir Alasdair Fraser, QC, who was a former Director of Public Prosecutions in Northern Ireland. He was 65.

Sir Alasdair was born in Glasgow in 1946, but his family moved to Northern Ireland in 1950.

After reading law at Trinity College, Dublin, he was called to the Bar in Northern Ireland in 1970. Within three years he had joined the newly formed Department of Director of Public Prosecutions. 

He was appointed DPP in 1989 and served in the post until his retirement in September 2010.

During his time in office his department dealt with many controversial and difficult cases.

He was knighted in 2000 for services to the criminal justice system.

Tributes to Sir Alasdair were led by Justice Minister David Ford,

He said: “The contribution sir Alasdair made to the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland cannot be underestimated. He was committed to ensuring that the prosecution service responded to the concerns of society, whilst always being independent, fair and effective. 

“I have no doubt that his legacy of 40 years’ dedicated service will ensure that this ethos remains central to the PPS.”

Sir Alasdair’s Funeral took place on Wednesday (June 20) in Belfast. For full details, see below.

To view the Notice for Sir Alasdair Fraser,click here.


View previous In the News items: Commander of the Canberra during Falklands War passes away, First woman to win Nobel prize in economics passes away, Actress Ann Rutherford passes away, Former Olympic boxing champion Teofilo Stevenson passes away, Electronics pioneer Arthur P. Stern passes away, Tributes are paid to former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch, Tributes are paid to the writer Ray Bradbury, Herb Reed of The Platters passes away, Actor and TV host Richard Dawson passes away, Nobel laureate Sir Andrew Huxley passes away, Elvis Presley crypt to be sold at auction, Famous American pilot Evelyn Johnson passes away, Inventor of TV remote control passes away, Singer Robin Gibb passes away, Fans pay tribute to queen of disco Donna Summer, Sculptor George Wyllie passes away, Tributes are paid to the bass guitarist Donald Duck Dunn, War photographer Horst Faas passes away, Celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon passes away, Tributes are paid to author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, Actor and magician John Forrest passes away, Tributes are paid to actress Patricia Medina, World famous poker player Amarillo Slim passes away, Nobel Prize winner Renato Dulbecco passes away, Olympic boxing medalist Terry Spinks passes away, Art world mourns the passing of Louis le Brocquy, Environmentalist Ernest Callenbach passes away, Funeral of tragic mother and daughter to be held, Disability rights campaigner Lord Ashley passes away, Guitar legend Bert Weedon passes away, American TV legend Dick Clark passes away, Tributes are paid to founder of Corrymeela community, Computer pioneer Jack Tramiel passes away, Character actor Luke Askew passes away, Hero of the French Resistance Raymond Aubrac passes away, Popular painter Thomas Kinkade passes away, Music world bids farewell to Banjo Barney, Music world pays tribute to guitar amp maker Jim Marshall, Pinball wizard Steve Kordek passes away, Funeral takes place of former politician Addie Morrow, Banjo player Earl Scruggs passes away, Former pirate radio DJ Tom Lodge passes away, Skateboard innovator Larry Stevenson passes away, Tributes are paid to Scottish darts legend Jocky Wilson, Former aerospace chief Sanford McDonnell passes away, Respected Northern Ireland journalist passes away, Tributes are paid to motorcycle expert Mick Walker or Actress Faith Brook passes away


If you have a relative or a friend who has passed away and feel they should be mentioned in our In the News section, then please email us.