Tributes paid to Orme Almshouses stalwart, Cath Harrison

Tributes have been paid to a popular Louth woman who has died suddenly at the age of 73 years.

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Catherine (Cath) Harrison, who was born on September 28, 1946, has always lived in Louth and was well known for her connection with Orme Almshouses.

Her eldest son, John Harrison, said: “Mum has always been in Louth because her parents were the owners of Dalton’s Taxis (now Dalton’s Private Hire).

“She left school and then went to work in the family business. In 1965 she got married.

Catherine (Cath) Harrison

“I was born in 1967 and my brother Ian was born in 1970. She carried on working for the family business.

“Then she got a job at Midland Bank doing the cleaning.

“And then in 1981 she applied for the warden’s job at Orme Almshouses and she was working there up until she sadly passed away on August 15.”

Back in 2013, and in recognition of 32 years service, Cath was invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party.

John added: “Dalton’s Private Hire is still going – her brother is running the business now.

“The last six/seven months she hasn’t ventured out much because of Covid-19.

“She was still doing her warden rounds at Orme Almshouses up until her death.

“Everybody knew her – it is amazing how many people have come to the door and said they are so sorry to hear about mum.

“She used to go to Eastgate Union Church. On a Monday it was craft class, and on a Tuesday it was dance class.

“She loved dancing and having a good natter. She also loved gardening and was always knitting.

“She was still active and still knitting up until her death. She was always doing something.”

Trustee of the Orme Almshouses, Judy Purves, added: “She worked for the Orme Almshouses on Eastgate for just short of 40 years.

“She visited the residents daily and was a valued member of staff, becoming a member of 10 small families.

“She had lived in the warden’s house on Eastgate and had enjoyed the confidence and trust of the trustees.

“She was a loving mother to John and Ian and grandmother of six. She was a hard working,caring and observant person.

“Her death was sudden and unexpected. The trustees and residents have lost a true friend.