Deeply regrettably 2016 was the cruellest on record for loosing current and past Board and general members. In the space of a few weeks we lost Reverent Dr John Fielding past Chair and Board Member for many years, Stan Ambrose one of our Community members whose delightful harp playing added such a beautiful musical backdrop to our AGMs and Heritage Open Days. The most recently and perhaps the most telling on the charity, Edward Murphy OBE who served on our Board until a short time before his death and whose invaluable counsel will be sadly missed. We are eternally grateful to these three great servants of DMAC Ltd who contributed to our Charity in their own way.
THE LATE AND BELOVED EDWARD MURPHY OBE AND FORMER TRUSTEE
Bill Harpe’s tribute to Edward Murphy which was published in The Guardian newspaper
My friend and colleague Edward Murphy, who has died aged 64 of cancer of the oesophagus, dedicated his life to the voluntary sector. From 1986 to 2001 he was the chief executive of Liverpool Council of Social Service (LCSS), the umbrella body for voluntary organisations in the city, after which, with Mandy Maloney, he founded and directed the Merseyside Network for Change, a community empowerment charity with a commitment “to stand by the poor”.
His administration and activism were steeped in practical wisdom. Within the voluntary sector, with trustees of charities often appointed for their expertise, Edward observed that “experts should be kept on tap and not on top”. Of charity trustees themselves, he observed that they should be “the keepers of the vision”.
Edward valued both informality and formality. He could be found each evening in his chosen watering hole for good advice, good company and good beer. He could also be found chairing the EU’s £500m Pathways to Integration programme on Merseyside, drafting the constitution for a small learning disabled drama group, or giving his personal support to a refugee in distress.
Edward was born in Speke, Liverpool, the first child of Daniel Murphy, a dock and woodyard worker, and his wife, Marion (nee Savage). After reading history at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Edward returned to Liverpool. His first full-time post was at LCSS.
He then worked as a lecturer in adult education at University of Liverpool and for the Workers’ Educational Association. In 1978 he became combined arts officer, managing grants programmes for arts organisations, with Merseyside Arts Association. He also spent three years undertaking project management for new-build housing developments and training for housing co-operatives.
From the 1970s onwards, he was closely involved with The Black-E in Liverpool, Britain’s first community arts project, and was its chair for more than a decade.
At the time of his death he was still working for Merseyside Network for Change.
Edward possessed neither a passport nor a driving licence. Once, when struggling to confirm his identity for a medical assessment for his increasing disability, he shuffled through his papers and brought out a picture of himself with the Queen, receiving his OBE for services to regeneration, in 2000. This was deemed proof of identity.
THE LATE AND BELOVED REVEREND DR JOHN FIELDING FORMER TRUSTEE AND CHAIR