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Former mayor and Havering Council leader Eric Munday sadly dies, age 90

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 December 2017

Mayor Eric Munday launches Bedrock radio online at Queens Hospital

Mayor Eric Munday launches Bedrock radio online at Queens Hospital

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A "family-orientated" former mayor who helped to serve his community for almost 40 years, has sadly died at the age of 90.

Son Jeremy Munday, 55, has paid tribute to Eric Munday, of Pettits Lane, Romford, who passed away on Tuesday morning at Queen’s Hospital, describing him as “wise” and “humble”.

“He was a family man and incredibly supportive of my brother, myself and his grandchildren.

“Even at the end of his life, I asked what I could do for him and he just said for me to rest.

“He loved this community and helping to make other people’s lives better.”

Born in Walthamstow in 1927, Eric trained as an accountant before moving to Romford in the 70s and became a Heath Park ward councillor in 1978.

During his time working at the local authority, Eric became the council leader in 2002 and served as the Mayor of Havering in 1986 and 2014.

For his dedication to the community, he was awarded the Freedom of the Borough, the highest honour the council can bestow.

After his retirement in 2014, he devoted himself to public service both on the council, for Skeels Court Almhouses and the Havering National Trust.

Leader of Havering Council Councillor Roger Ramsey said: “I would like to send our deepest sympathies to former Councillor Eric Munday’s family and friends on behalf of all Councillors and Havering Council staff.

“I had the pleasure of working with him over many years in the council and greatly admired his boundless energy and his commitment to the wellbeing of our area.

“We are all deeply saddened by this news and Eric will truly be missed.”

Jeremy said: “I think I’m going to miss his words of wisdom, he always knew what to say and I hate to admit but he was always right.

“He was incredibly wise and humble with it and we’re all going to miss him.”

Eric was married to Peggy Munday for 66 years and had two sons and three grandchildren.

A private funeral will be held for him.

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