‘A wonderful friend and scientist’ – UNISON pays tribute to Anglian Water’s Linden Fairman

UNISON Eastern is sorry to learn of the death of Linden Fairman, a member at Anglian Water, who died from Covid 19 earlier this month.

Colleague Val Neech saluted the memory of “a wonderful friend and scientist.”

Linden first worked for Anglian Water at Cotton ValleyWRC in the late 1980s, leaving in the late ’90s to start a family.

She returned to the company in 2004, working as a biosolids field technician. Val said the role “really suited Linden, allowing her to be out and about in the lovely English countryside, interacting with farmers and the general public.”

Three years later she joined the catchment quality team as a technician, supporting the team’s scientists regulate non-domestic discharges into Anglian Water facilities.

She took a sabbatical to do some globe-trotting and spend more time with her family before being promoted to catchment quality scientist, a role for which she was highly regarded.

“Linden was incredibly hard working, came up with new ideas and was always willing to support others,” said Val.

“While work was important to Linden, she would always take the time to ask how people were and would take genuine interest in people.

“She was kind and caring, but also had a no-nonsense approach to life.

“We will all miss her as a wonderful friend and scientist.

“We will be thinking of Linden’s family and friends at this sad time.”

UNISON Eastern acting regional secretary Tim Roberts said: “We were very sorry to learn that Linden had lost her battle against Covid 19.

“Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.”

UNISON has set up a dedicated web page for the friends and family of deceased members, explaining the support the union can offer.