Tributes pour in for Grand Secretary of the Orange Order Drew Nelson

Grand Secretary of the Orange Order Drew Nelson
Grand Secretary of the Orange Order Drew Nelson

Tributes have poured in on social media for Grand Secretary of the Orange Order Drew Nelson.

The Orange Institution has praised the 60-year-old as “perhaps its greatest ever advocate” following his death this morning.

On Twitter UUP MP Tom Elliott said: “Saddened to hear of the passing of Drew Nelson. I knew Drew for many years in his time as a Cllr and latterly as Grand Sec.”

Alliance party MLA for Lagan Valley, Trevor Lunn said: “Very sad news about Drew Nelson. A lovely man and a huge loss to the Loyal Orders. My sympathy and condolences to his family circle.”

North Antrim UUP Councillor Darryl Wilson added on Twitter: “Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bro Drew Nelson. “Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

And in another Tweet Laurencetown LOL822 said: “So sad to hear of the passing of Grand Secretary, Bro Drew Nelson. A great loss to the Institution and will be sorely missed @OrangeOrder”.

UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson added on Twitter: “Saddened to learn of the passing of Drew Nelson. A Gentleman & ambassador for the OO - My thoughts & prayers are with his friends & family”.

And South Belfast UPRG Tweetes: “Sad to hear of the passing of Orange Order Grand Secretary Drew Nelson. Had many discussions with him. A man of intellect and capability.”

Meanwhile Cathal McManus also Tweeted: “Very sorry to hear about death of Drew Nelson. Worked closely with him over last few years + seen his determination to bring about change”.

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