Robert Overend, Northern Irish farmer and politician, Died at 86

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Robert Overend was born in December 1930 and died on June 25, 2017.

He was a Northern Irish farmer, businessman and Unionist politician.

Overend was also a deputy Grand Master of the Orange Order.

He was a prominent member of the Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party in the mid-1970s.

During 1975, Robert proposed that the Order formed a new, united unionist party, but this was rejected.

Overend was elected for Vanguard to the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention from Mid Ulster, In 1976, an unsuccessful attempt was made on his life by the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).

He joined the United Ulster Unionist Party (UUUP) on its formation, and was elected to Magherafelt District Council for the new party at the 1977 local elections, holding his seat in 1981 local elections.

Robert Overend passed away at 86 years old.

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