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The family of Haverhill Lions Club president, Pam Maguire, who has died aged 69, has described her as 'irreplaceable'




The family of the Haverhill Lions Club president and former long-standing bursar at a town primary school, Pam Maguire, say they are ‘devastated’ by her unexpected death.

Mrs Maguire had only last summer told the Echo how much she was looking forward to enjoying more time with her family and to pursuing other interests following her retirement from Coupals Primary Academy, where she had worked for more than 30 years.

Fate however, has intervened in the cruelest way possible and Mrs Maguire died at West Suffolk Hospital on April 6 after failing to recover from a cardiac arrest she suffered in early March.

Mrs Maguire was 69 and leaves behind her widower Derek, sons David and Robert and three grandchildren.

Pam Maguire, centre, with husband Derek, representing the Haverhill Lions Club, at the Remembrance Day service at Pont-Saint-Esprit in France last November.
Pam Maguire, centre, with husband Derek, representing the Haverhill Lions Club, at the Remembrance Day service at Pont-Saint-Esprit in France last November.

In a statement to the Echo, Mrs Maguire’s family, said: “We are devastated by the loss of Pam.

“The pride she felt in her family, Coupals, the town and it’s community was exceptional.

“The difference she made to people’s lives as a friend, as a Lion and through her work is hard to quantify and the town will be poorer because of her passing.

“She is truly irreplaceable.”

Her son David, who is currently the interim headteacher at Westfield Primary Academy in Haverhill, explained that his mum was involved with Haverhill Lions for over two decades, having joined originally to take the minutes.

Her involvement then grew to her taking on a number of roles including club president for this year ( marked at the club’s Charter Night in January).

His mum, added David, did not come home after her cardiac arrest and received ‘exceptional’ care from the Critical Care team at West Suffolk Hospital until she died.

Mrs Maguire’s funeral takes place tomorrow (Thursday, April 25) at 2.15pm in St Edmund’s Chapel at West Suffolk Crematorium in Risby.

The family has asked that mourners donate to the My WiSH Charity instead of buying flowers.



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