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Tributes paid to Formby businessman Dominic Murray, former managing director of Dowhigh Limited

Formby Village was overwhelmed today as hundreds of people lined the streets to pay their last respects to Dominic Murray the Formby businessman who was managing director of Dowhigh Limited. The 78-year-old passed away last week after being ill for some time.

Mr Murray leaves his wife Sheila, his four children Trevor, Michael, Barbara, Cathryn and his lovely grandchildren behind.

His son Trevor spoke dearly of his father saying: “'He was a great guy and very popular.

“'He was a very private and down-to-earth guy, but full of life.”

Although Mr Murray was widely respected in construction and civil engineering, his son Trevor also talked about his father’s charitable involvement.

He said: “He aided many charities and took part in lots of community work. He was always very quiet about the charity work he done.”

Mr Murray left Ireland in the 1950s to head to Doncaster before finally coming to Liverpool and settling in Formby where he has lived for the past 45 years.

Dowhigh Limited, based in Netherton, was founded in 1975 by Dominick Murray.

It prides itself on employing local people and keeping the personal touch of a family business. Its biggest contract is with Sefton Council, with whom it maintains a very stronjg relationship.

Former Formby councillor Barry Griffiths who has known Mr Murray well for around 30 years contacted us to speak of his respect for his friend:

He said: “He was a massive executive in these areas. He knew everybody, and he himself was so well known.”

Mr Griffiths also mentioned Mr Murray's huge generosity, saying: “He was always sponsoring charities.”

Obviously a well respected, highly thought of man in in our community who will be sadly missed.

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