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The passing of Ben Thornton. SEFF Statement
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The passing of Ben Thornton. SEFF Statement

The death of a Garryhinch explosion victim, survivor and advocate

Kenny Donaldson, SEFF’s Director stated: “The SEFF Family are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ben Thornton. Ben was a valued member of the organisation and has been involved with our southern outreach for many years.

Ben was someone who didn’t make noise, he was a quiet, intelligent and immensely dignified gentleman. I enjoyed a number of very memorable conversations with him when he shared with me something of his life within and outside An Garda Siochana.

He was someone who possessed a strong human values system and was the type of person you’d want as a Police Officer and in your corner.

RIP Credit: Con Murphy Photography

“As well as good own immediate family, the Garda family will mourn his passing, as will the family of ex-Officers and colleagues caught up in the Garryhinch explosion in which he was seriously injured and of which his colleague Garda Michael Clerkin was murdered by The Provisional IRA. “Ben will be remembered fondly and lovingly by those blessed to have known him, and we will remember him with honour,” concluded Mr Donaldson

Note: SEFF supports victims/survivors of ‘The Troubles’ including those impacted by the Garryhinch attack.

For Mr. Thornton’s Funeral arrangements click here.

For more information about SEFF click here.