A former town clerk who was “an important part” of town life has died at the age of 95.

Ruth Benjamin worked in the administrative post at Epping Town Council from 1977 to 1987. 

Beverley Rumsey, the current town clerk, said Ruth was involved with many different community activities in the time that she knew her.

She said: “Ruth was a very important part of Epping life. She spent 10 years as Town Clerk and was involved with many other school, church and community initiatives. 

“She was granted Freeman of the Town in 1997 to acknowledge her outstanding contribution to the town, an honour bestowed on very few people.

“She will remain a very important part of Epping’s history and will be very much missed.”