15 December 2014
Ferry has been rocked by the sad announcement that Arthur Waller, the
first chairman of New Ferry Residents Association, has sadly passed
away, suddenly, just weeks after the death of his beloved wife Margaret.
received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List in 2010 for his
services to the community of New Ferry, was found dead at his home by a
family member on the morning of Sunday 14th December.
been a magistrate for 27 years before his retirement in August 2009.
The former Army Warrant Officer worked for Wirral council for 25 years
as a swimming pool manager and before his retirement was a principal
recreation officer, based at Europa Pools, in Birkenhead. He had
been planning to write a book about his time also spent working at Byrne
Mr Waller co-founded New Ferry Regeneration Action Group (now known as
New Ferry Residents Association) with Mel Roberts back in 1999. He
was also a member of the Friends of New Ferry Park, and honorary
secretary of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps & Royal Logistics Corps (RAOC
& RLC) Association Merseyside.
In addition to all this, Arthur also worked with a number of charities
for the disabled and was president of Birkenhead PHAB (physically
handicapped, able-bodied) Club before it closed in July 2010. More
recently he had been campaigning to fight against the proposed closure
of Bebington Youth Club in New Ferry.
Mark Anthony Craig, the current Chair of New Ferry Residents Association
said: "This is a tragedy. Arthur's family have lost their
father/grandfather just weeks after also losing Margaret, their
mother/grandmother, to whom he was devoted. He had nursed Margaret for
several years as her health had deteriorated, but since her passing had
been keeping himself busy with community issues, including fighting the
Council over their proposed closure of New Ferry's youth club. Our
sympathies are very much with his children, Michael and Tracey, and his
six grandchildren at this sad time."