With great sadness, we were informed in October that Maurice Dryden had passed away. Maurice has been a dedicated supporter of Complex Chronic Illness Support (Formerly called ME / CFS Support (BOP)) for 26 years!
Maurice first joined ME / CFS Support in 1997. In 2001, when the local ME Support group separated from the MS Society (The groups were combined up until then), Maurice became a committee member. Richie Walters was President of ME / CFS Support initially, then Maurice held the position for a year before ill-health saw him take a back seat for a time. In 2008, he again became a Board member.
Maurice’s long service to the ME / CFS cause was recognised with honorary Life Membership in July 2008.
CCI Support wishes to acknowledge Maurice’s years of dedication and support to the wider ME / CFS community. Even in his later years, his frequent encouragement and respect for
management and staff of CCI Support was well known and much appreciated.
Our love and deepest sympathies extends to Joan at this time.
QUOTE FROM JOHN KELLIHER (FORMER MANAGER):
“I was secretary and subsequently Manager of ME Support BOP (Now CCIS) for nearly 10 years.
Maurice, together with his lovely wife Joan, were supporters of our group and service throughout that time. He was one of the ones more affected by ME but he never stopped that support.
In 2008, his health improved enough to join our Board, and then put his hand up when a volunteer was needed to assist me in the office. He enjoyed that involvement so much that we went out and got funding for his role in the longer term. He said he got fulfilment from being able to contribute in this way.
He looked after the membership roll (Membership increased rapidly during this time) as well as those extra matters that arose from time to time. When asked to do something, he got it done.
Maurice’s support and service to ME Support BoP / CCIS was such that it was my pleasure to recommend to our Board that Maurice be made an Honorary Life Member.
It is with sadness that I have learned of Maurice’s passing. My deepest sympathies to Joan.”