23rd June 2019

Doves released in memory of beloved Bev

Doves were released from Burnham’s Tesco Express on Sunday 23rd June, 2019, in memory of Beverley O’Connor, whose tragic death has had a deep effect on many in the town.

The ceremony began at 10.30 am.

Town Mayor Wendy Stamp delivered a tearful speech about Bev’s generosity, wit and ‘naughty humour’, which was followed by two more emotional speeches. Then children who had been helped by Bev or who were close to her were given doves to hold and then release.

The birds flew up over Station Road and Remembrance Avenue, with a squadron peeling off to fly over Tesco’s, as if in a fly-past, before homing to their roosts.

Below you will find pictures of the gathering at Tesco’s by Nick Skeens, plus the original story posted on this website on 9 June, reporting Bev’s tragic and untimely death.

If you want to add photos to this tribute, please email the website editor.

Dove Release Photo Gallery


Mourning Bev O’Connor – a tragic loss to the town

Burnham on Crouch Town Council offers its sincere condolences to the family of Beverley O’Connor.

Beverley was such a generous soul, often going more than the extra mile to raise money for good causes.

Her sparkling, lovely character often made queuing at the local Tesco Express, where she worked, well worth the wait.

Her wit, banter and big heart will be sorely missed.

Floral Tributes outside Tesco Express on Station Road