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Update: Family speak of caring Hornchurch community stalwart, Mick Fury

13:42 01 August 2014

Tributes have been paid to Mick Fury (left)

Tributes have been paid to Mick Fury (left)

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Tributes have been paid to community stalwart Michael (Mick) Fury who has died at the age of 78.

Mr Fury was a former chairman of the housing department’s Neighbourhood Housing Co-ordinators’ Committee and the Orchard Village Housing Association.

He had been active in representing residents of the former Mardyke Estate, securing investment in parks and community centres.

Tom Binding, a former councillor and South Hornchurch community campaigner, said: “Mick did a lot of worthwhile things in the community.

“He was always there for the tenants and he never wavered when it came to sticking up for his rights. People thought a lot of him.”

Mr Fury leaves a son, daughter and two grandchildren.

His family described him as reliable and caring.

His granddaughter, Jennifer Randall, 16, said: “He was so reliable – he never let me down.

“He showed he cared through what he did for everybody – for the community and for his family. He was entirely committed to helping people in the community and giving the area a better name.”

MPs were among those who have come forward to pay tribute to Mr Fury.

John Cryer, MP for Leyton and Wanstead, who represented Hornchurch from 1997 to 2005, said: “I knew Mick well for many years both during and after my time as the local MP and he was a true community champion.

“He never sought credit for himself but only wanted to improve things for the people living on the Mardyke Estate.

“If there were more Mick Furys, the world would without doubt be a better place. I know he will be missed by a lot of people, me included.”

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, said: “Mick was a lifelong trade unionist and Labour party member but most importantly a community representative on the Mardyke Estate through all the changes and the building of the Orchard Village.

“He was tireless on behalf of local people – a real credit to community activity.”

Cllr June Alexander, who represents Cranham Ward, worked with Mr Fury as a tenant representative.

She said: “He was a gentleman. I worked with him for 10 years as a tenancy representative and his sole ambition was for the Mardyke Estate and Havering.

“His life was spent looking after and doing his best for the tenants.”

Mr Fury was a supporter of West Ham Football Club and played bowls with Ford Sports Bowls Club.

During his working life Mr Fury spent 40 years at Ford.

He lived in the South Hornchurch area until his death. A funeral will be held at 4pm on Friday, August 8 at South East Essex Crematorium in Upminster. Donations towards the funeral can be made at The Mardyke Community Centre.

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