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‘A life well lived’: Former Waveney chief executive dies aged 80

PUBLISHED: 14:13 14 February 2019

Former Waveney District Council chief executive Malcolm Berridge.

Former Waveney District Council chief executive Malcolm Berridge.

Highly-regarded and “ever-cheerful” former council chief executive Malcolm Berridge MBE has died aged 80.

The “hugely dedicated” servant to Lowestoft was made MBE for his service to the community in 2009, nine years after he retired from his role with Waveney District Council (WDC).

At the age of 80, Mr Berridge was still very active within the community.

He remained the chairman of the Lowestoft Players theatre group as well as chairman of the trustee of the Broad House Museum in Nicholas Everitt’s Park in Oulton Broad.

WDC chief executive Stephen Baker said: “During his time here he engendered huge affection from staff, and great respect from all of those who knew him and dealt with him.

Malcolm Berridge, pictured left, remained the chairman of the Lowestoft Players theatre group as well as chairman of the trustee of the Broad House Museum in Nicholas Everitt’s Park in Oulton Broad. Picture: Contributed by the Players Theatre.Malcolm Berridge, pictured left, remained the chairman of the Lowestoft Players theatre group as well as chairman of the trustee of the Broad House Museum in Nicholas Everitt’s Park in Oulton Broad. Picture: Contributed by the Players Theatre.

“He was a real gentleman, always supportive and calm.

“After retiring, I know he went on to become a stalwart of local community groups and activities and his drive to serve and support his local communities was clearly undiminished.

“I offer my deepest condolences to his family and friends, though I feel they can be comforted knowing that Malcolm’s was a life well lived, and that he was held in very high regard by all who knew him.”

Councillor Mark Bee, who knew Mr Berridge for 28 years said: “I knew him since 1991 - when I was a whippersnapper councillor. He was a great source of help and advice and he was also very non-partisan.

“It is fair to say he had put his heart and soul into the district council.”

The Lowestoft Players honoured the life of the former chairman and ambassador in a post to Facebook: “Described by all as a true gentleman, Malcolm was ever-cheerful, highly knowledgeable, considerate and urbane; he was also happy to just “muck in” with mundane tasks at the theatre, as well as masterminding some of the more complex.

“The Lowestoft Players are truly indebted to him and he will be sadly missed as a valued member, loyal supporter, and true friend.”

In an excerpt from the Players Book, Mr Berridge wrote: “I can’t sing, I can’t dance, and I can’t act, but if I can help the Players in some way, then I am happy to do so.”

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