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Tributes paid to 'popular' Queen's Hospital theatre nurse

PUBLISHED: 11:33 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 22 February 2017

Mary Larkin.

Mary Larkin.

Lynette Mcguiness

A "loving" nurse who worked for 52 years has been commended for her dedication by an NHS Trust after she died last week.

Friends, family and colleagues attended 73-year-old Mary Larkin’s funeral last Friday at St Edward’s RC Church, Park End Road, Romford, to pay their respects to the beloved theatre nurse.

Chief executive of the Barking, Havering, Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) Matthew Hopkins, wrote a letter to the family to share his condolences.

In the letter he said: “Mary was very well respected by colleagues, managers and employees throughout the trust and will be sadly missed by all of us that knew her.

“She was an extremely popular member of staff who worked with many past and current staff in her 52 years within the trust.

“Her loyalty and service to the trust was exemplary and we are very appreciative of her years of dedication.”

Mary, originally from Galway, Ireland, moved to Romford when she was 18 to pursue her dream of nursing, taking on training and her first job at Victoria Hospital.

She moved on to work at Oldchurch Hospital, Waterloo Gardens, Romford, before it closed for good in 2006. She was then transferred to Queen’s Hospital in Rom Valley Way.

During her time as a theatre nurse, she also worked shifts at several pubs in the borough including The Lamb in Market Place, Romford.

On the day of her funeral, a raffle was held which raised more than £200 for BHRUT in memory of Mary. Friend of more than 20 years Nannette Mcguiness said: “Mary was an extremely kind, caring and loving person who was always on hand to give advice or help where needed.

“She had a wide circle of friends worldwide too as she loved travelling.

“Her own words were “I have no regrets, I’ve worked hard, I’ve done everything I’ve wanted, I’ve been all over the world and I did it my way.”

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