Obituary: Edward Murphy OBE

There is sadness throughout Merseyside and beyond at the news of the death of Edward Murphy OBE on Saturday, 8 October 2016.

Edward dedicated his working life to the local voluntary sector, including spending sixteen years in the 1980s and 1990s as Chief Executive of LCVS.  In a career spanning more than forty years he supported voluntary organisations, from the smallest to the largest, drawn from all parts of the third sector spectrum.  In recent years, he was particularly involved were Merseyside Network for Change and the Black-E; more generally, refugee issues and welfare-to-work matters were two of the policy areas to which he latterly brought his sense of social justice and deep intellectual acumen.

The activities of numerous charities and voluntary groups have benefited, and will continue to benefit, from the encouragement, analysis and practical advice which Edward gave to the volunteers, trustees and staff who sought his help.  The lives of individuals and communities throughout Merseyside are better in consequence.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Edward’s funeral service is held at Springwood Crematorium on Friday 21 October 2016 at 2.30pm. He had requested that all guests wear colour. Family flowers only please, but donations if desired in favour of ‘Continuing Health Care RLH’ c/o Craven Funeral Directors, 48-50 Lark Lane, Liverpool, L17 8UU. Telephone 0151 727 2564.

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