Estate mourning loss of a tireless community leader

Maureen Horn with youngsters at the Cherwell Centre
Maureen Horn with youngsters at the Cherwell Centre
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A community leader who campaigned tirelessly on behalf of young people has died suddenly at home.

Tributes were today paid to Maureen Horn, who had been chairman of Grange Park Residents Association for around 15 years, and for the last nine years had been the driving force behind the Cherwell Youth Group.

She collapsed on Saturday at her home in Fulwood Avenue on the estate, aged 52.

Family and friends today described her as “the backbone” of Grange Park.

Her husband David said: “We had been together over 30 years, although we only got married four years ago.

“She was a strong personality but very caring too and our phone was always ringing with people asking for help on something.

“She will be missed by so many people.”

Mrs Horn, who leaves four children and several grandchildren, was born in Sheffield, brought up in Glasgow and had lived on Grange Park for around 28 years.

Peter Collins, who runs Grange Park Post Office and who is also a Scout leader on the estate, was among those who paid tribute.

He said: “Maureen was the backbone and lifeblood of Grange Park for years.

“Her forte was working with families, which she did for the betterment of the children on the estate.

“She improved the lives of so many young people, enabling them to take up opportunities they might not otherwise have had.

“The word ‘no’ was just not in her vocabulary.

“Her legacy will carry on and all the good work she has done on this estate will continue.”

Gwen King, chairman of the Queens Park Residents Association, said: “Maureen was such a dedicated community worker and was devoted to the kids on Grange Park.

“She will be really missed.”

Mrs Horn had been in hospital suffering an illness, but had returned home about 10 days before she died.