For­mer Wick­low Mayor Mervyn Mor­ri­son worked hard for his com­mu­nity

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

A GUARD of hon­our made up of past Pres­i­dents of Wick­low Rugby Club and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Wick­low Ro­tary Club was formed as a mark of re­spect for Mervyn Mor­ri­son at his funeral ser­vice held at Wick­low Par­ish Church, Church Hill, on Fri­day.

Mervyn was the for­mer man­ager of Bank of Ire­land in Wick­low town, but was equally well re­garded for his fundrais­ing and char­i­ta­ble work.

A for­mer elected mem­ber of Wick­low Town Coun­cil, he served as Mayor of Wick­low with great distinc­tion from 2012 to 2013.

He served as club pres­i­dent of Wick­low Rugby Club from 1996 to 1998 and was made an Hon­orary Life Mem­ber in 2010 for his out­stand­ing ser­vice to the club over many years.

Mervyn spent his child­hood years in County Water­ford and County Kil­dare, be­fore se­cur­ing a job with Bank of Ire­land, which saw him work­ing in Wex­ford, Tul­low and Ark­low, be­fore mov­ing to Wick­low town in 1990.

He soon be­came a much-val­ued mem­ber of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and took up roles with both Wick­low Dis­trict Cham­ber and the Ro­tary Club of Wick­low. He in­sti­gated many ini­tia­tives that Wick­low Cham­ber can be jus­ti­fi­ably proud of, most no­tably the set­ting up of Wick­low En­ter­prise Park Ltd, which went on to gen­er­ate over 800 jobs for Wick­low town and en­vi­rons. He rep­re­sented Wick­low Cham­ber on the en­ter­prise park’s board for over 20 years.

In ad­di­tion, he rep­re­sented Wick­low Cham­ber in the pur­chase of the Parochial Hall for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity and this would not have come about had it not been for his tenac­ity and good busi­ness acu­men.

Al­ways proac­tive in com­mu­nity en­deav­ours, Mervyn was recog­nised by an Out­stand­ing Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award in 2008. He also helped raise ex­ten­sive funds for Church of Ire­land, Meals on Wheels, Wick­low Cancer Care, Wick­low Hos­pice and other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

He ran in the lo­cal elec­tions for the first time in 2009, se­cur­ing a seat on Wick­low Town Coun­cil as an In­de­pen­dent. One of the proud­est achieve­ments of his very ac­tive-life was when he was made Mayor of Wick­low in 2012, mak­ing him the sec­ond last Mayor the town had be­fore the town coun­cils were abol­ished.

Mervyn passed away at Black­rock Hos­pice after bravely bat­tling ill­ness. There was a mas­sive at­ten­dance at his funeral on Fri­day, prov­ing the high-esteem in which he was held, both lo­cally and fur­ther afield.

He was the much loved hus­band of Marie and won­der­ful Dad to Bar­bara, Jenny, Jill and Rob­bie. Papa Merv to his adored grand­chil­dren, Will, Ben, Lucy, Dan, So­phie, Molly, Sarah and Louise, sons-in-law Alan, Brian and Damien and Rob­bie’s girl­friend An­gel. Sadly missed by his twin sis­ter Vivi­enne, brothers Harry and Ken, brothers-in­law, sis­ters-in-law and his many friends.

Mervyn Mor­ri­son switch­ing on the Christ­mas lights while he was Mayor.

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