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Tributes paid to local Liberal Democrat activist

PUBLISHED: 13:20 31 January 2012

Tributes have been paid to Brian McCarthy, a Liberal Democrat activist in Havering

Tributes have been paid to Brian McCarthy, a Liberal Democrat activist in Havering

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»Tributes have been paid to an Emerson Park politician whose “energy and help were greatly valued”.

Brian George McCarthy, a long-time Liberal Democrat activist in Havering, died on January 21 after a six-year battle with prostate cancer.

Pamela Coles, friend and a former secretary for the Havering Liberal Democrats, said: “He will be remembered as a lovely man with a generous nature. He always had time for other people and he liked a good chat to put the world to rights.”

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He was born in 1939 in Plaistow, and after leaving school joined the Midland Bank, which later became HSBC. He had a successful career and at one time was one of the bank’s youngest branch managers.

After joining the technical team he helped design the EFTPOS system, which is now used in shops and supermarkets.

Brian was passionate about politics and at a young age he joined the Young Liberals.

He was first elected as a Newham councillor in 1964 as a representative of Upton Ward, and was re-elected in 1968. He was a councillor for seven years.

Following the death of his wife, Brian moved from Newham to Elm Park and in 1974 became the prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Party in Hornchurch for both General Elections that year. During his election campaign Brian met his second wife Adrienne.

The couple were both active within the Havering Liberal Democrat Party and stood as candidates in local elections.

For several years they were joint-presidents of Havering Liberal Democrats.

Pamela added: “Brian was also a stalwart leafleter whose energy and help was greatly valued, particularly by those in the Harold Wood Ward.”

His wife Adrienne said: “Brian was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006 and against all odds managed to cope with this disease for five-and-a-half years, but during the last year Brian’s condition gradually deteriorated and restricted his activities. Sadly, Brian’s illness overcame him and he died suddenly on January 21.”

Brian also leaves behind his son Kevin, stepsons Gary and David, daughters-in-law Teresita, Alison and Kerry and grandchildren Oliver, Rachel and Oscar McCarthy and Harriet and Kitty Kendall.

A cremation will be held on Tuesday, January 31, at 1.20pm, in the South Chapel, at Corbets Tey Crematorium.

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