A well-known member of the Fermanagh community, Mr. Fred Carroll, described as “an authority in matters archaeological,” has died. His funeral service will be held this afternoon, New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, at Roselawn Crematorium.
Well-known local historian, Jim Ledwith has spoken this week of Fred’s “passion and commitment” to safeguarding Fermanagh’s archaeological heritage. 
Jim went on to say that Fred was well known for going on his bike to search in all sorts of weathers for ‘things archaeological’. “Fred could identify archaeological sites,” said Jim, adding that he could identify prehistoric cooking sites automatically. He added that he would find all kinds of animal bones and he recalled that Fred once found a whet stone (an implement used for sharpening arrow heads) at Topped Mountain Cairn. 
He added: “This man knew what he was about,” said Jim. He believes ‘Fermanagh as a county is poorer without him’. “There is no doubt he was Fermanagh’s Indiana Jones,” he said.
Belfast born Fred, an archaeologist, ornithologist and naturalist, went to Queen’s University where he took an honours degree in zoology in 1969. 
During his teaching career, he taught biology and geology at the Duke of Westminster High School, Ballinamallard, taught biology at Portora and Collegiate Schools. Fred, whose passing occurred unexpectedly on December 23, 2015 at his home in Enniskillen, was the much-loved brother of Robert and the late George, father of Colin and grandfather of Aimee and Matilda.