Paul Lamplugh dies aged 87
Source: Suzy Lamplugh Trust 12/06/18
Paul Lamplugh, OBE, died peacefully in his sleep this morning, surrounded by his three remaining children. Paul had been living with Parkinson’s for the last few years.
After the disappearance of his eldest daughter Suzy in 1986, Paul and his wife Diana, OBE, founded Suzy Lamplugh Trust and both worked tirelessly to establish and develop the national charity, making personal safety a public policy priority. They turned this tragedy into a source of great motivation to help improve the safety many. Tens of thousands have benefited from the work they have done.
Paul was a trained solicitor, working for the Law Society, prior to Suzy’s disappearance. He and Diana spent many happy holidays at their house in South West Wales, which Paul continued to do after Diana’s death in August 2011, together with his children and grandchildren. He drew strength from his faith, and he and Diana were great believers that life was for living.
Suzy Lamplugh was 25 years old when she disappeared on 28 July 1986, after going to meet a client – named as Mr Kipper – in Fulham. She was officially declared dead in 1994, presumed murdered.
It is a credit to the groundwork laid by Paul and Diana during the early years that the Trust – which celebrates its 32nd anniversary this year – continues to be a well-respected and active charity, continuing and expanding the work that both Paul and Diana started.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust is today a leading organisation in personal safety, successfully campaigning for changes on issues such as taxi and private hire vehicle safety and legislation affecting victims of stalking. Supporting thousands of individuals a year, through training and consultancy, community projects and the National Stalking Helpline, Suzy Lamplugh Trust continues to enable people and organisations to be and feel safer.
Sir Ian Johnston, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said:
"Paul was a truly remarkable man with phenomenal energy and perseverance. I saw him only a few weeks ago when he continued to urge me to do more with the Trust to help people “stay safe”. We will miss him enormously."
A statement on behalf of the family:
“Dad celebrated a wonderful 87th birthday party, surrounded by friends and family, just two weeks ago, which he thoroughly enjoyed. It was typical of Dad to want to throw a party to entertain everyone. In end he went very peacefully and will be greatly missed not just by our family, but by his many friends.”
Paul will be sorely missed by his children Richard, Tamsin and Lizzie, his seven grandchildren, as well as the rest of his family and friends.
Source Article on Suzy Lamplugh Trust site, 12th June 2018
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Article Published 12.6.2018