John Olphert Death, Obituary – John Olphert, 39 years old, was found dead at the Londonderry business on January 18, 1983. He had been shot. Mark Olphert, who is Mr. Olphert’s son, has demanded that people who supported the Provisional IRA explain themselves to him and other bereaved families about why they supported the murderous campaign. According to Mr. Olphert, his father had a deep affection for his family and a desire to leave something meaningful to his wife and two sons.
“He lived long enough to realize his dream of owning his own shop, which he opened in the neighborhood where our house was located in June of 1982. That summer was possibly the best summer of my life. We were all so ecstatic and happy that a foundation for the future (as we saw it) was established through the business that was being created, and that was one of the reasons why that summer was so amazing. Olphert, who worked as a boilerman, dreamed of running his own store. He felt that this objective was conceived of when he was working as a messenger boy for Robinson’s business on Clooney Terrace.
“We grew up in the Triangle Estate and were very much in the minority there. We then moved to the supposed sanctuary of a strongly unionist area of Nelson Drive and yet, ironically, it was here that my Olphert was stolen away from us. He had survived three murder attempts prior to that point, so he knew he was a target. “We grew up in the Triangle Estate and were very much in the minority there. We then moved to the supposed sanctuary of a strongly unionist area of Nelson Drive
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