DUP counselor (46) who died with Covid-19 is honored

The 46-year-old DUP board member was hailed as “one of the really nice guys in local politics” after he died in hospital on Tuesday. It is known that he tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Paul Hamill, the former mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, was the father of two children.

DUP leader Sir Geoffrey Donaldson said his loss would be “deeply palpable”.

“Paul was a hardworking and dedicated representative of the people of the Macedon area and his loss will be deeply felt,” he said. “Having served as mayor of Antrim and Newtownby, Paul was well known and respected throughout the community.

“Paul brought extensive experience into his role as a public representative having worked in the industry before spending many years as a pastor. These skills and experience made him an invaluable part of our board team.

“We in the DUP have lost a dear friend and colleague, but my thoughts are with Paul Ruth’s wife, children, and the wider family circle.

“They will be in our prayers while Ruth mourns her husband and the girls try to understand the loss of their father.”

Prime Minister Paul Gevan also paid tribute to his fellow party member. Mr Jeevan said he understood Mr Hamill had died after contracting Covid-19. He added, “It is a tragic death for Paul. I know the circumstances have shocked us all within the party.

“Paul was a dedicated advisor, and he was committed to serving the local people. His heart was in serving the local community and this is a tragic loss.

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