The Community in Watford is mourning the loss of a longstanding activist for equality and Justice in the area, Althea McLean OBE, who died on the afternoon of Friday 6th April 2018 at Watford General Hospital.
Althea was one of the founding members of the Watford African Caribbean Association in 1976, she was for many years also the Chair of Watford Racial Equality Council and was also a long-term trustee of Watford & Three Rivers Trust (W3RT). She was active in all areas of community life and as a result was awarded the OBE in 1996 for services to community relations in Watford. At a time when we are again seeing community tension Althea was able to transcend all community divides and foster very good relations in Watford.
She remained active until ill health forced her to retire from active community engagement in 2012. Even so she continued to be a Vice Presidency for W3RT and maintained her long-standing commitment to the local community initiatives such as the Watford African Caribbean Association up to her death.
She may be gone but her legacy will live on.