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Waterloo’s Maureen Robinson dies

Bookseller, teacher and Waterloo community activist Maureen Robinson has died unexpectedly.

Maureen had lived in Waterloo since the early 1980s and became a familiar figure in The Cut and Lower Marsh.

She first got to know local people when she opened Mrs Robinson's Bookshop in Hatfields. This was a period when the area was far from fashionable and had no other bookshop.

When Crockatt & Powell opened in December 2005 she was one of the first to visit the Lower Marsh shop and offer friendly advice.

More recently she had returned to teaching with long periods at St Jude's School, Charles Dickens School and Snowsfields School.

In Waterloo Maureen was chair of the Friends of Waterloo Library. Following Maureen's sudden death a Friends' meeting due to be held this week has been postponed as a mark of respect.

Maureen was also a trustee of the Waterloo Community Development Group. At the general meetings it was not unusual for her to question visiting representatives of property developers proposing new tall buildings in Waterloo.

The funeral is at Lewisham Crematorium (Hither Green Cemetery) at 1.30pm on Wednesday 25 April when friends are welcome to be present (NB – please note change of time and venue).

Maureen leaves daughters Anna and Abi.

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