The tragedy that unfolded on Monday night for 68-year-old Bessbrook man Oswald Bradley was yesterday being felt throughout the entire south Armagh village.
Friends of Mr Bradley’s came together to lay a wreath where they say the pensioner entered the water at Bessbrook Pond.
Kingsmills survivor Alan Black, who said he went to primary school with Mr Bradley, said he knew nothing about the circumstances of his death.
“I know in life he was one of the most generous and kind-hearted people,” he said. “Anyone of all denominations would tell you that.
“If there was trouble in any house in Bessbrook he would be the first rapping the door to see if he could help in any way.
“I am not making him out to be something that he wasn’t, that is what he was.”