John McAnespie with daughter Margot while watching over son Aiden.

Mr McAnespie has dedicated his life to uncovering the truth about his son’s February 1988 murder. A verdict in the manslaughter case of a soldier accused of murder is expected soon.

Sinn Fein Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew said her thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad and difficult time.

“John McAnespie has dedicated his life to campaigning for truth and justice for his son Aidan, who was shot British Army in 1988. He never gave up.

“He was an inspirational, quiet and dignified man with a great love for his community and his local club, Aghaloo GAA.

Relatives for Justice also paid tribute to Mr McCanespie.

“We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of John Menespie, father of the late Aidan and our founder Eilish.

“An inspirational, courageous and generous man.”

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