TRIBUTES have poured in following the news that the much-loved manager of the Water Gardens shopping area in Harlow has passed away.
Beryl Murphy ran the flagship shopping area for over fourteen years. Beryl was known for creating a true community feel in the area.
A spokesperson for the Water Gardens said: “Beryl had been the Centre Manager at the Water Gardens for fourteen years, during which time she oversaw the launch of the Centre, growing it into the success it is today.
Beryl played a key part in the local community, working with several local charities including St Clare’s Hospice. Beryl was a key supporter, facilitator and instigator of many fundraising events and initiatives, most notably, the much-loved annual Water Gardens Summer Fun Day, which is now into its eighth successful year.
“She regularly helped local schools and colleges by assisting the pupils with interview and CV writing experience, as well as offering her expertise and sponsorship on their various projects.
“Beryl was a much loved character and a well-respected Centre Manager. She was always honest, kind, genuine and down to earth with everyone that she came into contact with and she will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts and condolences go to her family at this difficult time.”
A spokesperson for Harlow Council said: “The Council worked closely with Beryl from the very first day the Water Gardens development opened. The success of the Water Gardens and the role it has played in enhancing the Town Centre offer has very much been down to Beryl’s hard work and her willingness to work with
A number of memorable public events organised by the Council with Beryl’s help, like two freedom of the town parades for soldiers, have been hosted in the Water Gardens over the years. She was always willing to help and work with the Council and many other organisations.
At this difficult time the Council’s thoughts and condolences go out to her family and colleagues.
Harlow MP Robert Halfon also paid tribute. Mr Halfon said: “Beryl was kind and community minded. She cared not just for the Water Gardens but for Harlow. I wish her family and friends the very best of heart at this tragic time.
Harlow chaplin, Robert Findlay, who spearheaded many events in the Water Gardens told YH: “It was a pleasure to work with Beryl. She was so helpful and so positive in helping us run the Heart4Harlow Festival.
“Beryl was a true friend to us all.”
YH has spoke to Beryl’s family who have confirmed the funeral arrangements. The funeral is set for Basildon Crematorium (Pitsea) at 2.40pm on Friday April 28th. No Black please. Afterwards, there is a gathering at Orsett Hall Hotel,, off the Brentwood Road in Thurrock.
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