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We regret to announce the death of Owen Church, who was National President between 1995 and 1996, and a long-term national councillor for Eastern Counties district. Owen, who was 78, died on Sunday morning.

Owen was the local postmaster in Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, for more than 55 years.

During his long association with the NFRN – he joined in 1964 –Owen was involved at every level – as branch, district and National President, and was a member of the National Council for more than 50 years.

As a past chairman of both the Ratcliffe Benevolent Fund Committee and the Carl Bridgewater Memorial Fund Committee, his contribution to the NFRN’s charities was immense as was the work he did for news deliverers over many years.

In recognition of his dedication to the NFRN, in 2019, Owen was named the longest serving active member of the year at the NFRN’s centenary awards, together with his friend and fellow Norfolk retailer Ralph Childs.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his wife Liz and family at this very sad time.  We will advise of funeral details in due course.

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