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Harbour man valued for work with Boys' Model


Edwin McMurran MBE, who was a member of the board of the Boys' Model School in Belfast for 30 years and chairman for 19 years, has died. He was 85.

Edwin James Bratten McMurran, the son of a former member of the Royal Irish Constabulary, was born in Armagh on May 16, 1932.

The family later moved to Belfast and Mr McMurran was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.

He later joined the staff of the Belfast Harbour Office and eventually retired as personnel manager.

He was closely involved with the Boys' Model, and the principal Alan Logan said: "Mr McMurran was a delightful man with great integrity and wisdom. He was able to assess every situation calmly, and he made a major contribution to the Boys' Model, including the many challenges of a new school building and a greatly increased enrolment. He was a practical man, and I always valued his wise counsel."

Roy Adair, the CEO of Belfast Harbour and a former head boy at the Boy's Model, said: "Edwin served in the top HR role at the harbour and he remained very interested in the company. He attended our annual get-togethers diligently and contributed to our lively discussions. He and I had strong connections to the Boys' Model, and his wisdom and counsel will be sorely missed."

Mr McMurran was also a governor of Glenwood Primary School on the Shankill Road.

In 2016 he was appointed MBE for his services to education.

He was a member, elder and committee member of Woodvale Presbyterian Church, where he was captain of the Boys' Brigade from the 1970s.

His son John, a chartered accountant currently based in Singapore, said: "He had the very highest standards and he instilled in us his own values, and led by example.

"As the youngest child, I found him a fun father who brought me to many sporting events including football matches. He was a great supporter of the Northern Ireland soccer team, as well as Derry City and Hull City. He was interested in a wide range of sports including golf and cricket, and he also had a great love of music."

Mr McMurran is survived by his daughters Linda and Hilary as well as his son John, by his sister Pamela and by the wider family, including sons-in-law Nick and Ian, daughter-in-law Lucy, and grandchildren Karolyn, Nikki, Alexandra, Rachel, Samuel and Joshua. He was pre-deceased by his wife May and by his sisters Ina and Margot.

His funeral takes place today at 10.30am at Woodvale Presbyterian Church.

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