Sadness after death of popular fundraiser Margaret Muir

Margaret Muir
Margaret Muir

Tributes have been paid to a much loved council worker and charity campaigner who passed away suddenly at the weekend.

Margaret Muir (58), died late on Saturday night at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Margaret, who lived in Lochgelly, began her career 28 years ago with Dunfermline District Council as a debt management officer before working her way up through various roles to become a lead officer with Fife Council.

She worked on a number of different projects that included prevention of homelessness and developing housing policy and procedure.

She was instrumental in rolling out the new housing allocations policy and contributed to Fife-wide housing services as well as managing the Burntisland and Kinghorn areas.

Margaret was described by colleagues as “an unsung hero” who was dedicated to raising tens of thousands of pounds for various charities including Maggie’s Centres and the Grenfell disaster.

Margaret organised regular ‘Stars in their Eyes’ charity nights in Lochgelly Town Hall and Bowhill Club in Cardenden.

She encouraged her friends and colleagues to dress up and perform at the events and contacted local shops and businesses to ask for donations for prizes and raffles.

Colleagues paid tribute to a much-loved woman.

Joan Lamie, housing manager. said: “She was a very loyal person who was respected by many people across the council.”

Andrew Wallace, lead officer, added: “She was a real unsung hero and almost single-handedly organised many of the charity events.

Christine Westwater, Margaret’s colleague, said: “She was so enthusiastic and put all her energy into the events, getting us to practice choreography and organising costumes and props.”

Margaret was dedicated to her family and recently celebrated her husband Kevin’s 60th birthday by taking the family, including son Steven and his three daughters to Legoland.

The couple also enjoyed annual holidays to Barcelona.

Margaret is survived by her husband, son Steven and three granddaughters.

Her funeral will take place on July 2 at Kirkcaldy Crematorium at 2.15pm.