‘Champions who will never be forgotten’

Bessie Griffin
Bessie Griffin

Tributes have been paid to two St Helens community champions who have died.

Former councillor Bessie Griffin (pictured) passed away at the weekend following a long battle with dementia.

Town centre chaplain Marjorie Conroy has also passed away after suffering from cancer.

Bessie served as a councillor from 1986 to 2008, holding positions on the licensing committee, adult social care and as a member of the Red Bank board.

St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald led the tributes to Mrs Griffin

He said: “Bessie was known as a champion for the disadvantaged and worked tirelessly to advance their cause. She had great compassion for people.”

Council chief executive Carole Hudson added: “Bessie was a very hard working member of the council, totally committed to her ward and constituents.”

Bessie Griffin’s funeral is set to be held at Bispham Methodist Church - opposite the old Billinge Hospital site - at 11.30am on Monday, May 19, followed by cremation an hour later at St Helens Crematorium.

Mrs Hudson also led the tributes to town centre chaplain Marjorie Conroy.

She said: “Marjorie was a very special person and was truly loved by all who knew her. As town centre chaplain, she worked closely with local businesses and had great compassion for people, even while battling her own illnesses. She was determined to continue working and supporting local people and businesses, for as long as she could. She helped many people cope with trauma, grief and stress.”