Husband pays tribute to former Marlow mayor

James Harrison

The husband of a former Mayor of Marlow who died suddenly has said he faces a ‘big adjustment’ in getting used to life without his ‘very friendly’ wife.

Margaret Done spent nine years as a Liberal Democrat councillor for the town and was so committed to her role that on one occasion when visiting Marlow Fire Station she commandeered a fire engine for a lift to an important council meeting, rather than risk being late.

She held the mayor's chain in 1995.

Born Margaret Rogers in Northwood, Middlesex, she studied at Kilburn Polytechnic before holding a range of jobs, including runner for a jewellery firm, which saw her carry valuables in little more than a carrier bag to and from London’s Hatton Garden, site of a jewel heist last year.

In 1967 she married husband Derek, who said: "Obviously, I'm biased, but she was a very friendly woman and she knew so many people.

"It's a big adjustment if you're in a partnership like ours, but I've had a lot of support."

Margaret, who died on Thursday, August 4, aged 78, is survived by Derek, who as well as being her colleague on Marlow Town Council also served as mayor in his own right and also sat on Wycombe District Council, and their son Stephen.

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