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Tributes to Andrew Wakefield


03 Nov 16

Tributes have been paid to CroydonPlus Credit Union Chair Rev Dr Andrew Wakefield, who has passed away.

Andrew was well known in the community as the vicar of St Andrew’s Church in Wimbledon and chairman of the Merton Chamber of Commerce, and he had recently been made an honorary Doctor of Divinity by the University of Roehampton for his 30 years of service to Merton.

As well as the credit union, Andrew was involved in a number of local initiatives and relished bringing people together. He was an active member of the Merton Faith and Belief Forum and chairman of the Safer Neighbourhood Board, and he led the Remembrance Day service outside the Civic Centre every year. As a member of the police’s independent advisory group, he took every opportunity to promote and encourage community cohesion.

In recent years Andrew played a key role in steering the credit union with a mix of leadership, guidance, creativity and ambition, with a particular focus on securing the credit union’s financial sustainability to ensure it can continue to serve all the local people who might benefit from it.

His personal commitment encouraged and inspired many local people to change their communities for the better, and his contribution and leadership will be greatly missed.

Merton Council Leader Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “I want to express my shock and sadness at the news of Andrew Wakefield’s death.

“Andrew was a pillar of the community and very much part of the Merton family. He loved being involved in everything to do with the borough, whether that was as vicar of St Andrew’s Church or as chairman of the Merton Chamber of Commerce. He had recently been made an honorary Doctor of Divinity, although his first loves were Crystal Palace FC, cricket and his little dog Darcy.

“He will be hugely missed in the community.”

A book of condolence has been made available in the Civic Centre in London Road, Morden, for people to sign.

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